Jerusalem Has New Water Supply

Jerusalem Has New Water Supply

Following closely upon the occupation of Jerusalem by the British, investigations for a new water supply were begun by the Royal Engineers. Four days later a scheme was outlined. This was on February 14, but shortage of transportation facilities and bad weather put off the beginning of construction until about the second week in April. On June 18 water was being delivered. The supply is pumped from springs to the city. According to a short note in the London Surveyor, of August in, many miles of pipe have been laid, and the supply is being delivered directly to hospitals, to “standpipes in every quarter of the city” and also to cisterns, the latter on condition that the cisterns be cleaned out to the satisfaction of the water authorities before they are filled. The daily yield of the springs is about 400,000 U. S. gallons. The water consumption of the city is said to be about ten times what it was formerly. The Surveyor reports that the “beneficial effects upon the health of the city has been instant and widespread.”

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