Mountain Water for Sacramento
Sacramento, Cal. has been offered a supply of Pine Mountain water from a source in El Dorado County. At present the city consumes 15,000,000 gallons of water daily, but the offer referred to, if accepted, means 30,000,000 gallons or more, as needed, indefinitely. Those who make the offer are J. G. Patton, of Placerville, El Dorado County; O. Scribner, of San Francisco, and Senator Bills, of Sacramento. These men will either sell all rights to the city, or install the water works system complete and deliver the water to the city boundary under a pressure of 110 pounds to the square inch. This would admit of Sacramento dispensing with nearly all of its fine equipment except hose and give better protection than at present enjoyed. The supply would be furnished from one of five units in a great system of water development controlled by the promoters above mentioned. The water offered to Sacramento would be taken from the middle fork of the Cosumines River, and would be uncontaminated. It flows from 110 squares miles of granite watershed in an uninhabited section of El Dorado County. To-day, Sacramento pumps its water for domestic purposes from the Sacramento River, and its citizens use (or waste), 300 gallons per capita, daily—more than is consumed by any other city of the same population in the United States.