Improvements at Altoona
The very complete report of the board of water commissioners of Altoona, Pa., for the year ending March 31, 1912, shows that considerable work was done during the twelve months, bringing the system up to a high state of efficiency. The financial statement shows receipts of $143,537.37, which includes a cash balance from last account of $15,737.37, and expenditures of $119,687.40. Of the latter $41,240 was paid for interest on bonded debt, $20,000 set apart to redeem sinking fund bonds and $28,000 for extensions of the distributing system. The construction of the 10-inch pipe line to Sugar Run has been completed and arrangements made for the installation of a 30-inch main from Lake Altoona to the city, a distance of approximately 3,200 feet. The commi sioners say that the past summer was the first one in the last four years in which the water supply was sufficient to meet the actual needs, without resorting to pumping or securing additional water from other sources. This ‘was made possible by the supply secured from Lake Altoona, and the constantly increasing storage capacity in this reservoir will augment the supply greatly for the coming season.
This satisfactory result was caused by a curtailment of the water used by consumers. The cost of the work on Lake Altoona dam was $65,891.68. This improvement makes it possible to raise the water 15 feet higher than last year, increasing the storage capacity to 225,000,000 gallons. Samuel A. Gailey, superintendent, states that the past winter was one of the most severe in temperature that had been experienced for the past twenty-five years and more trouble was xpcrienced from frozen service pipes. The greatest trouble was with pipes which were not down to the required depth, namely 3 feet 6 inches, wdiilc frost was found at that depth. 1 here was little trouble from frozm water njains. During the past year there were laid 470 feet of 4inch water pipe, 5,517 feet of 6-inch, 9,401 feet of 8-inch, 20 feet of 12-inch and 4,745 feet of 16inch pipe for the distributing system and main lines. On this work there were set 136 valves and 58 fire hydrants, making a total of 143,794 feet or about 84 miles of water pipe, 1,760 valves and 774 lire hydrants in the system to date There were 307 taps made, making a total of 12,993 service pipes in the system.