Kalamazoo, Mich., Has Good Water System
The city officials of Kalamazoo, Mich., were complimented by various tourists on the fine quality of the water.
The city gets its supply from twelve wells which produce 20,000,000 gallons of water a day. About 110 miles of water mains are used to transport this water to the various sections of the city. According to Director Norman, all of these mains are in good condition.
He stated that with the drilling of a new well and with the installation of a few mains and other auxiliaries the city water department could be developed to serve the city for 15 years or more. “Water is needed for the West and and the South districts of the city,” declared Mr. Norman. “One more well will be all that would be needed for the next 15 years, if the city would construct a reservoir, underground, and a new main from the water works to the main part of the city.”
He stated that the reservoir is needed for fire protection purposes.
Operation of the water works has been by municipally manufactured electric current for more than a year. The plant was formerly operated by big steam engines. Then the city connected the plant with power lines to the Consumers’ Power Company, using the steam engines as reserve units. The latest move, completed in 1924, was the connecting of the water works machinery with lines from the municipal lighting plant. The Consumers’ Power Company’s lines are now being used as reserve units and the city is operating the water works at less cost.