IMPROVEMENTS CALLED FOR AT BLOOMINGTON.
The insurance companies have notified the municipal authorities of Bloomington, Ill., that the recent tests of fire pressure show that, although the pressure at the pumping stations has been increased, the pipes are so small that, practically, all the benefit is lost by the time the congested district is reached. The companies promise that, if the 20-in. main is installed, Bloomington will be placed in the three and one-half class, which will give a six per cent, reduction in the basis rate. If, in addition, the city will install a lo.ooo,ooo-gal. pump and provide proper equipment for a first-slass steamer, it will be put in the third class, giving a fifteen per cent, reduction in the basis rate. The companies regard the present condition of the waterworks system as a “serious menace to the city.”
According to members of the board of control, there is a deficit of $60,000 in the operation of the Winnipeg, Man., waterworks department.