Increased Water Supply Urged for Madison

Increased Water Supply Urged for Madison

Superintendent Leon A. Smith of the Madison, Wis., water department introduced a resolution to the common council of the city suggesting that it is absolutely essential to increase the city’s water supply during the coming year. This was done on the recommendation of the water board of Madison. Superintendent Smith pointed out that the capacity of the plant is now taxed to the limit. He suggested location of wells on the west end of Brittingham Park, Henry Vilas Park and the low area south of Monroe street, this side of Nakoma. He explained that one method of pumping these new wells would be to install a small pumping unit at each well and pump directly into the mains. The other method. he declared, would be to build a new pumping station in the west end and to develop a new series of wells in the same general way as the present well system is developed. Mr. Smith, declared, however, that a new station cannot be built and put into operation in time to be available for next summer and as additional water supply should be provided by June, it probably will be necessary to drill and equip several wells to pump directly into the mains. He said he deemed it inadvisable to drill a new well at East Main and North Ingersoll streets, which would cost about $18,000.

“We probably would not get more than 600,000 gallons of water a day from such a well,” he asserted. “I believe we could drill a well in the west end at a lesser expense and that this well would yield 1,000,000 gallons a day.”

“With the constant growth of the city the present plant must ultimately be duplicated in the west end unless the city resorts to the lake supply.” Mr. Smith pointed out.

“The function of the water department,” he continued, “is to furnish water for domestic and commercial purposes and to maintain a sufficient reserve for fire protection, with the plant taxed to the limit as at present it is impossible to maintain a reserve for fire purposes. It is absolutely essential that we increase our supply.”

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