Jacksonville Will Improve Water System.
In order to ascertain the practicability of the artesian well pumping system now used in Memphis, Tenn., Supt. J, H. Fewell, of the Jacksonville, Fla., waterworks plant, accompanied by Messrs. Hamilton Johnson and W. G. Kirkpatrick, consulting engineers, recently visited Bluff City to make a thorough inspection of the system. One of the arguments now being used against the artesian wells being drilled in Jackson is that the cost of pumping the water into the mains would be prohibitive as it will probably be necessary to lift it 150 feet in order to reach the surface reservoirs. Mayor A. C, Crowder has been making an investigation on this point, and does not believe that the cost of a 150-foot lift should it be shown that the disance stated is necessary, will be prohibitive, He has also learned that a new system of pumping is in use at Memphis by which there is avoided the cost of building reservoirs and a second pumping. The Memphis system, it is stated, has been in use about two years and has proven thoroughly satisfactory. Layne and Bowler Company have submitted a proposition to turn over to the city in their present shape the five artesian wells drilled near Bailey avenue, accept $15,000 in payment therefor and abandon its contract Three of the five wells had been subjected to a test several days prior to the council meeting, and showed a flow of 3,000,000 gallons for each 24hour period The Layne and Rowelr company is under contract to furnish the city of Jackson with a flow of 4,000,000 gallons per day, and, in event of failure to supply this contract, is to receive nothing whatever for its work in Jackson. The proposition submitted to the council, therefore, was in the nature of a compromise.