Improvements in Springfield, Ill.
Springfield, Ill., is greaty improving its waterworks system. A new pumping station is being built and new pumping machinery will soon be installed, which will enable the department to pump all the water needed for daily consumption and to have a reserve pump to fall back upon in case of emergency. As soon as the pumping station is in operation the city will consider how it shall best increase the supply of filtered water, so as to obviate the necessity for drawing water from the river in times of scarcity. The galleries at present furnish about 5,000,000 gallons daily—just enough for the ordinary needs of the city. Additional galleries, therefore, must be built or new wells driven so as to furnish a reserve supply. At present there are five wells completed, but not yet used, at the pumping station. These will be put in service. Up to the present these have not been drawn upon (although they furnish water every bit as good as the galleries), because it is necessary to pump the water from the wells, while by using the galleries it is brought to the reservoir by gravitv. In this -way the expense of first pumping the water from the driven wells to the reservoir is avoided. A reserve supply is always necessary for the wants of the city, and as the consumer gets the water direct from the pumps, the reserve pumps must always lie ready for action. The question seems to he whether wells or additional galleries will afford the desired remedy, and, if wells are decided upon, of what kind shall they be.
A wharf fire causing a loss of over $100,000 threatened the whole waterfront of Portland. Me. A barkentine and a three-masted schooner which had been discharging lumber were totally destroyed, their crews narrowly escaping with their lives. Beakes’ and State street wharves, also occupied by the Wilson Lumber Company, were badly damaged and lumber valued at between $60,000 and $70,000 was burned. Sturtevant’s wharf, which had caught fire, was saved by the good work of the department, aided by the fircboat and several fire tugs. The cause of the fire is unknown.