Kalamazoo’s Water Service.
W. R. Coats, hydraulic and sanitary engineer of Kalamazoo., Mich., has submitted his report on the condition of the water-works system of that city, and among other recommendations and facts submitted to Mayor Bush, were these : That while there is a good supply of water, and sufficient for the needs of the city during another five years’ development of its growth, there is every reason to fear trouble unless some better means are employed in handling it. So great is this danger, that should an unexpected demand be made upon the service by the fire department, the city would be helpless. The two wells at present yield 4,000,000 gallons daily, seven-eighths of which is obtained through the old well. The daily consumption of water is 1.750,000 gallons to 3,000,000 gallons. He is also of the opinion that there are times when the consumption is at the rate of 4,000,000 gallons a day, thus threatening the community with a danger that he says can be averted by storing part of the yield daily for emergency purposes, or the present direct variable pressure service must be doubled at once. He points out at some length, and in a manner that must be interesting to the citizens of Kalamazoo, exactly how the water service is affected when the fire department is at work. Mr. Coats then suggests that the city sink another well, and in part overcome the great waste that takes place now at every fire. But to obtain absolute security he strongly recommends the construction of an enclosed elevated reservoir. He assures the Mayor that the pressure secured through such a service will enable the fire department to throw twenty-four streams, where at present only three can be worked. Such a reservoir he computes to cost $30,000, and about $18,000 for additional pipe.