INADEQUATE SUPPLY OF WATER AT WASHINGTON
Washington, D. C., is not adequately supplied with water for fire protection. If the new three extra firstclass steamers were put to work in the business section at the same time, there would not be sufficient water in the mains to allow their full capacity. There are in the city two cisterns comparing favorably in capacity with the Capitol reservoir on Pennsylvania avenue northwest. One is under the street in front of the Central National bank, at Seventh street and the avenue; the second is in front of the Traders’ National bank, at Tenth street and the avenue. These cisterns are not kept filled, but are connected directly with a six-inch main, with a valve that is readily managed, and they are easily and quickly filled. Chief Belt is sorry that there are but two cisterns. He is in favor of their use and be lieves them to be the most economical method of providing a sufficient water supply for fire service. If all the six-inch mains were replaced with twelve-inch pipes, however, the supply would, of course, he sufficient; but the expense would be great.