Kansas City Sewerage.
Through the courtesy of Secretary H.P. Langworthy, of the the Kansas City Board of Public Works we are enabled to give some facts relative to the system of sewerage now existing in that city. The data is principally from the annual report of City Engineer John Donnelly. The sewerage provided for O. K. Creek, under contracts let under authority of the loan of $200,000, made in 1890 for that purpose, is still unfinished. Mr. Donnelly says: “ I have reasonable grounds for belief that the work will be completed before the end of June as far as the connection of the sewer from its present finished section at Eighteenth and Harrison streets to an intersection with the channel of O. K. Creek west of Grand avenue and south of Twenty-First street. The cost of that work to the present time, is $80,820.60. The contracts now under way, and which I expect to have completed by the time above indicated, require the sum of $36,512.15 for their completion, leaving a deficiency of $9,715.51 to be appropriated out of this year’s revenue. In addition to that sum we will require an appropriation of $3,384.49 to connect the public sewer at Campbell Street north of Nineteenth w ith the new sewer 300 feet south of its terminus. The sewer taxes average less than $1.75 to each tax bill. There have been too many petty bills plastered over districts for the construction of such sewers, and I doubt if the Council will provide for this work being done in that manner. Therefore, the O. K. Creek sewer, to be completed on the plans now under contract, will require an additional appropriation of $13,000, which will carry the drainage to a point 140 feet west of Grand Avenue in the channel of O. K. Creek proper.
The construction of the intercepting or s!o igh sewer along the south bank of the Missouri River, from the state line to a point east of Santa Fe Street, has been completed at a total cost of $14,973.28, of which S. B. Armour, representing Kansas City, Kansas, has paid the sum of $7,202.18. There need be no further nuisance at any time from the operations of the packing houses along the south bank of the Missouri River from the Kaw to Santa Fe Street, this sewer entirely removing and doing awav with any nuisance incident to the operations of the packing houses at this point. At present, it need not require twenty minutes for the sewage outflow from this sewer to reach the current of the Missouri River, and therefore I apprehend no further trouble or nuisance on account of accretion formed along West Kansas by action of the Missouri River.
The specifications for the timber work, including sheet piling, lagging or cradle, etc., for this work, required the use of cypress lumber from Arkansas, being the cheapest known durable lumber that could be readily obtained. It was impossible to procure this lumber within a reasonable time after letting the contract. To prevent delay of the work, I instructed the contractor to procure and use elm, a native lumber equally durable, which has been generally used in the construction of this sewer. While I believe the contractor procured this lumber at a less cost than he would be required to pay for the Arkansas product, the lumber furnished is equally durable and the work has been done equally satisfactorily. Even this lumber could not always be procured in time to prevent retarding of the work, and in that part of the sewer for 300 or 400 feet next west of the Santa Fe Street connection, pine lumber was used in the cradle or lagging underneath the sewer. As pine is not a durable lumber, the contractor was required, as an offset, to put two rings of brick, at his own cost, into the invert of that part of the sewer to make it equally durable.
Along the east bottom river front, from Grand Avenue to Alton Avenue, we have five large sewers emptying into sloughs or depressions along the river bank, and after the falling of the stream in summer, they terminate at distances from 200 to 1,200 feet away from the main channel of the river.