MATTOON WATERWORKS SYSTEM.
The Mattoon, Ill., waterworks system has been greatly enlarged and improved during the past 15 years. The supply is entirely from subterranean sources from a number of tubular wells. The water is always clear and cold and is healthful to a very high degree. Its’use is advised and recommended by every physician in the city. The system was rebuilt in 1906. New machinery was installed, and electrical equipment placed to operate the several pumping heads at the wells electrically, as well as to furnish other power, and lights. The entire supply of water is now pumped by electricity. The wells so pumped are scattered over a radius of one mile or more, and the water is pumped from some of them directly into the distributing system against the domestic and lire pressure. From others the water is pumped against a lower pressure delivering into the low-pressure distributing reservoir. The electrically operated pumps number ten in all, and, with the scattered equipment, distributing lines, and various electrical machinery with its many new and distinctly novel equipments, this system is quite interesting to waterworks men. The reduction in operating expenses has been very gratifying and the operation generally is much more satisfactory. It was designed and constructed entirely by H. W. Clark, of Mattoon.