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The new source of supply for Bethlehem, Pa., has been approved by State commissioner of health, Dixon. It is located about a mile from town along the banks of the Monocacy creek, a spring water stream, 3,000 ft., of which is now owned by the borough. The site cost $15,000, and two artesian wells with an estimated capacity of 1,500,000 gal. each have been drilled.
Aitkin, Minn., is considering a proposition to sell its water and electric light plant to a Pennsylvania concern which offers to take over the plant under a twenty-five-year franchise, and agrees to pay for the property, by giving free street lights, free water for fire protection and street sprinkling, free light and water to schoolhouses, and to reduce light and water rates to the public 20 per cent.
It is the opinion of rivermen that most of the $20,000,000 which has already been expended by the government for the six dams below Pittsburg, Kans., in the Ohio river, has been practically wasted. An investigation is being made, and from facts gleaned, it appears that the government dams have been so constructed that the water eddies immediately below the dams, are making sand bars, which are far more dangerous to shipping than were conditions in the river before the dams were built.
The Davenport Water company, Davenport, la., is preparing to lay the large main on Third street. The pipe is 18 in. in diameter and when laid it will he by far the biggest main in the city and will have a capacity sufficient to supply that street with water for years to come. It will also increase the pressure on that line for fire service and will give to the city one of the best fire services in any city of its size in the United States. The improvement will cost the company something over $30,000.
It is improbable that Bloomington, 111., will see the completion of the 20-in. main before another year. This statement is practically assured by the fact that the court process of securing this improvement is now only fairly under way and it will hardly he possible to complete it within ninety days. This would, even at the soonest, make the letting of the contract fall late in the autumn, and very little, if any, work on construction could be expected before winter. It is even more likely that the process of fighting the assessment through court will occupy most of the fall and winter and the building of the water main itself will not be undertaken before next spring.
In a recent statement issued by City Health Commissioner Hanford Colorado Springs, Colo., is assured that the city water is pure. The commissioner presents a table showing that the condition of the water has steadily improved since the first of June since the stale water has been drawn off from the reservoir and its place taken with water from the springs and melted snow. As a result of a carefully checked system of tests he finds no harmful bacteria in the water only such as are common to upland waters. Of these less than too per cubic centimeter are found.
In order to prevent a water famine at Fairmount, Ind., consumers were entirely without water for a few’ hours recently, w’hile connections were made with the old gas well. To test the theory that the gas well contained salt W’ater in injurious quantities. Marshal Jones connected the w’ell with a steam pump which has been at work continuously since that time, throwing a steady stream into the creek. At no time was there any traces of salt water. With the additional well at the command of the engineers it is now thought that all danger of a famine is passed, although it is not advisable to waste the water for any pttrpose.
In connection with building the proposed subway in Chicago, Ill., a subcommittee has been appointed to make an investigation of the present condition of the water system in the district bounded hv Chicago avenue. Twelfth street, Halsted street, and the lake; determine what wall be necessary to provide a sufficient supply of water on the streets in which the subway is to be constructed. during the construction of the subw ay: learn whether the water mains and water pipes are in such condition as to require their entire replacement; decide what, if any, changes will he necessary in the water systems outside of the above district, by reason of such changes as will be found necessary w’ithin the district: decide what provision should he made for water service pipes in the subway and secure figures on high pressure water systems in other cities as well as the district covered in other cities.