Medina (N. Y.) Water-Works.
(Written for FIRE AND WATER.)
Following are particulars relating to the system of waterworks recently completed for Medina, N. Y.:
The pumping station is a large brick building of neat and convenient design, and consists of an engine room, boiler room and coal room. The water is taken from a circular brick well, 20 feet in diameter and 20 feet deep, which furnishes an abundance of pure spring water. Connected with this well is a reservoir about 60 by 150 and 8 feet deep; the sides are paved with sandstone, and a gravel walk passes around the top of the bank, the whole presenting a very neat appearance.
The two steel boilers are of the return tubular type, 54 inches in diameter and 14 feet long, with flush front brick setting and a good brick stack. These would he rated at about 50 horse-power, and are of ample capacity for the pumps. They were made by the Erie Boiler Works, Erie, Pa.
The pumps were built by the Snow Steam Pump Company of Buffalo, N. Y., and are of the compound horizontal duplex, double acting type, with 12-inch high pressure and 18-inch low pressure steam cylinders; the water plungers are 10 inches in diameter and 12-inch stroke. The two pumps run at 100 feet piston speed ; would have a capacity of pumping 2,000,000 gallons in twenty-four hour hours, or about 700 gallons each per minute, which is 200 gallons more than called for [in the contract, and ample for any reasonable future growth of the village.
The water tower is of steel, 20 feet in diameter and no feet high, resting on a substantial masonry foundation, with cut stone water table, and is well anchored. The foundation is about 13 feet deep and rests on solid rock. The capacity of the tower is somewhat over 250,000 gallons. Sectional drawings of construction and method of anchorage are shown in the accompanying illustration.
The cast-iron force main is 10 inches in diameter and about five miles long, passing from the pumping station, situated about 4)4 miles east of the village, through its business portion, to the water tower, located on an elevation in the southerly part of the village. By this arrangement, in case of fire in the business centre, water may come from both directions, thus doubling the efficiency of the main.
The distribution consists of about eight miles of 8, 6 and 4-inch cast-iron pipe branching from the force main, and is suitably arranged to give good service in all parts of the village. The cast-iron pipe and specials were furnished by Jackson & Woodin Manufacturing Company of Berwick, Pa., and the Buffalo Cast-Iron Pipe Company of Buffalo, N. Y.
There are 92 double nozzle fire hydrants and 60 valves on the distributing system. These were made by the Ludlow Valve Manufacturing Company of Troy, N. Y., whose reputation as manufacturers of such goods is among the best.
On March 17, 1893, the works were tested and proved satisfactory in every respect. George B. Bassett, 363 Washington street, Buffalo, was constructing engineer of the works.