LATE WATERWORKS INFORMATION
Saginaw, Mich., wants to go to Lake Huron or some of the northern lakes for a pure water supply, while Bay City seems to prefer an extension of the present intakes in o the bay to deeper water for itself.
IJoth water companies at Long Beach. Cal., have granted the water commission an extension on their options to May 23, by which time the commission hopes to have things moving for the purchase of both plants for municipal ownership of water.
Broken Bow, Neb., has commenced putting in $16,000 worth of water mains in the outlying districts. These pipes are being laid mainly in the west and northwest and extend to the city limits. This will give additional tire protection and will also be an inducement to the suburbanite to give his consent toward the extension of the city limits, which is now being seriously contemplated and will probably be carried into effect as soon as the new administration comes into power.
The Corsicana, Tex., Water Company has added to its string of artesian wells a well that is deeper and has a much stronger now than any of the others. The well is 2,825 feet deep, has a bore of 10 inches and is pronounced one of the best wells in the state. Its capacity has not been obtained. At no time during the long drouth was Corsicana’s water supply affected, and the well brought in puts at rest all doubt of the supply at any time becoming inadequate to meet the demand.
After eighteen years of service at Turkey creek pumping station the Gaskell pump is to go to the scrap heap unless the fire and water board can find some community that wants to avail themselves of the pump, which has outgrown its usefulness to meet the requirements of Kansas City. If sold as scrap iron the pump would not bring to exceed $10 a ton. the hoard was told. Its original cost was $20,000, and day in and day out for eighteen years it has faithfully delivered 9,000,000 gallons of w’ater to the supply mains.
The city of Carthage, Mo., voted $220,000 m bonds to build their plant, and when completed it cost $221,284.89. The funds to construct it consisted of premium bonds and interest on dcposi’. funds amounting to $223,200. In addition attractive and up-to-date offices with modern fixtures, furniture and office appliances, and a complete set of books, etc., were provided at an expense of $2,000. These office items and all expenses of operation were paid out of the receipts of the plant for the first six months and left a balance of over $5,000 on hand.
The report of Clinton S. Burns, hydrostatic expert, recommends the complete rebuilding of the South Bend. Ind., waterworks system at an expense of approximately $135,000. A new pumping station in the northwestern section of the city, in the vicinity of Portage park, to cost about $25.000; an auxiliary station in Keeper park, to cost $72,000; a water tower in the southern portion of the city, to cost $18,700; new lines and extensions, to cost $110,000; a 5,000,000gallon reservoir, to cost $43,500; new wells to cost $20,000, and an 8,000,000-gallon capacity engine. to cost $30,000. are recommended.
Spokane, Wash., has fortified itself against the possibility of a water famine this summer. Commissioner Lindsay says: “The auxiliary station is ready for use. We have three pumps in this station.’each with a capacity of 12.000,000 gallons a day. One of these pumps was started last July, so that this means 24,000,000 gallons a day more than we had last summer in July. In addition still another pump of like capacity will he installed by June 1. The main station has a capacity of 34,000,000 gallons, so that our total capacitv is 82,000,000 gallons a day. There need he no fear of a water shortage this summer.”
Under the direction of Morris R. Sherrcrd. city engineer of Newark, and memner of the state water supply commission, a stall of engineers will begin preliminary work for the construction of an impounding reservoir that will be used to receive the flow of water at Midvale. X. J., from the Wanaque river. The commission has a fund on hand amounting to a little over $2,500 with
which to carry on the preliminary work now designed. This was obtained by contributions from Newark, Passaic, Paterson and other nearbyplaces. The total capacity of the proposed impounding scheme will he something like 11.500,000,000 gallons, which will be equal to a supply of about 80,000,000 gallons daily.
During the year ending April 1. 1911, the pumps at the Owatnnna. Minn., pumping station ran 6,672” i hours, and pumped during that time 149.031,354 gallons of water. To operate the pumps, 1,647.280 pounds ot coal were required: $10,096.40 was received In the city for the water used during the year, while nearly $tiOO was paid out for salaries, fuel and running expenses, leaving a balance on hand of $7,578.48. There arc at present 900 consumers, and to keep them in water an average daily puntpage of 408,305 gallons is necessary, making an average daily consumption of 4.536 gallons per consumer. The water mains were extended 290 feet, while tintotal sewer extensions amounted to 2,093 feet.
For years the water system of Cortland, N. V., was owned by a private company, but a year or two ago was purchased by the city. Of the receipts and expenses, the Cortland Democrat speaks as follows: “The city of Cortland is doing well with its newly acquired property, the waterworks system, the report of the commissioners for a period of eight months from May 2 to December 31 showing a net revenue of $24,013.50. The gross operating revenues were $27,?08.50; operating expenses. $4,774.10; net operating revenue, $23,134.31 ; revenue from other sources, $870.23; total revenue, $24,013.50. Deductions include $8,010.28 interest on funded debt, and $36.40, interest on unfunded debt, or a total of $8,046.68. This leaves a surplus of $15,966.86 for the eight months.”
There is some talk in West Springfield, Mass., of having inserted in the town warrant this article: “Should the town allow the railroad company a discount on their water?” The reason for the proposed course is the agitation that has been aroused because of the clear loss to the town and corresponding gain to the railroad of some $500 or $600 each year. The cause of the agitation is the 10 per cent, discount allowed the company for payment of their water rates within ten days. This amounts to between $500 and $600 per year, and the citizens, who hope for new conditions, think that the town Van find good use for that sum of money without giving it to the railroad. When the water was first supplied to the railroad conditions were different. But now there seems to be a demand for a change.
The water commissioners at Northampton, Mass., announce that a reduction of 10 per cent. present water rates will go into effect April 1 on all bills paid within fifteen days of the date on which they become due. The present rates will remain in force for all hills not paid within the fifteen-days period, and the present 5 per cent, charge because of delayed payment will continue in force. The board has re-elected Charles W. Kinney president and Charles N. Clark treasurer. Warren M. King has been elected clerk in place of J. A. Sullivan, who was defeated at the recent election by the city government by Howard Hosford. The board has decided to lay a new and larger pipe, of not less than 12 inches in diameter, in Main street, Bay State. Eventually this pipe will be extended across the river to Victoria-Bismarck.
An appropriation of $1,500,000 was recentlyvoted by the New York board of estimate to carry out the agreement made by the city with the Ulster & Delaware railroad for the removal of its tracks from the bed of Ashokau dam. President Strauss, of the hoard of water supply, explained that when negotiations for the deflection of the Ulster & Delaware railroad bed from the path of the dam to the highlands were begun the company demanded $3,000,000. The company, after the negotiations of Mavor Gaynor, has not only agreed to a reduction of its claim to $1,500.000, hut will release the city absolutelv from all liability and claims for damages with the payment of the million and a half dollars and the signing of the contract. The removal of the railroad will involve a change of roadbed and trackage 13½ miles in extent.
The Oshkosh. Wis., Waterworks Company has been appraised by the state commission at $546,437 The system cost, when new, was $591,213 The distributing system is valued at $315,927 The cost price of this portion of the waterworks is listed at $324,092. The power plant equipment is valued at $49,330 Its cost price was $67,423. as determined hy the commission. The present valuation of the mains and Iv-drant branches is fixed at $175,555 bv the commission. The cost of reproduction would IK$177,986. The two Holly fly wheel pumps at the power plant are given a value of $30,377 bv the commission. The cost of reproducing this pair of pumps would be $42.OOP, the report states. This is the most important in the valuation of the power plant. Including the other pumps used at the power plant, the various water filters and tanks, the total valuation of the power plant is fixed at $49,330. The cost of reproducing the power plant is fixed at $67,423.
Paradise reservoir and the waterworks system attached at Mattoon. 111., have cost a grand total of $131,158.70 to date, according to the report of the water board made by Superintendent C. I.. lames. Less depreciation of $1,822, calculated, the system is now worth $129,336.70 to Mattoon. There are now 90 consumers of water, of which the three railroads, two laundries, a tile factory and the local gas plant are the heaviest. During the year there was a total of 238,600.000 gallons of water sold, for which the city received $13,185.16. Of this great amount, the Kickapoo drainage district furnished the amazing amount of 87 per cent. Only 13 per cent, of the water sold and used had to he pumped from the big lake. During the year a pump, with a capacity of 1.500,000 gallons daily, has been installed at the Kickapoo station, and the milion gallon pump was taken down to the Paradise station from Kickapoo. The receipts plus the balance received from last year gave the hoard a total of $19.339.79 to spend, but onlv $11,066.76 was use I, leaving a snug balance of $7,673.67 on band.
At the present time the water supply at Muskegon, Mich., is pure. This was fully established when Mayor Kietdyk received a report from the bacteriologist of the slate board of health of several samples of water takes at various points in the lake. Nine samples of water were submitted to the bacteriologist, of which six reached him in good shape. Sample No. 1, taken 800 feet from shore, or about the distance out of the 24-inch emergency pipe now being used, and samples No. 2 and 3, taken 3,796 feet out, or about the distance of the mouth of the 30-inch intake now clogged, were pronounced to be free from acidity and turbidity, and to he perfectly safe and pure. Sample No. 3 showed slight traces of contamination, hut this was attributed by the bacteriologist that the cork of the bottle had become loosened in transit, and that foreign substances had probably mixed in. He counted the water as sufficiently pure for use. however. The other three samples which reached him safely were taken 6,000 and 7.000 feet from shore, and were declared perfectly pure. No sewerage batterm were found in any of the samples submitted.
The Buffalo (N. Y.) Express of a recent date says: “A hill was introduced in both branches of the legislature recently to provide for the appointment of the Niagara Frontier water and sewerage commission which has lately been the subject of some local discussion, It calls for seven commissioners, to he named by the governor, who shall take un the problem of supplying Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Lockport and the Tonawandas with an abundance of pure water and to collect all necessary information relating to sewage disposal. The idea appears to be that if other cities on the frontier will permit Buffalo to supply them with water from its $8,000,000 plant they will no longer need to worry about the pollution of the Niagara river with sewage. Buffalo has built a so much greater plant than it needs for its own use that it can easily supply the entire frontier. In fact, it must find more customers for its water supply in order to justify building it. But Lockport and Niagara Falls have recently built new waterworks of their own and they may not be easily persuaded to submit to the expense of installing mains from the Buffalo waterworks. It is a pity that this plan was not thought of and the necessary arrangements made before so much money had been spent in other directions.”