NEW ENGLAND WATERWORKS ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
A large number of delegates were in attendance at the twenty-ninth annual convention of the New England Water Works Association, which opened in Rochester, N. Y., at the Hotel Seneca, on Wednesday, September 21, at 10 a. m. In their efforts to entertain the delegates, officials identified with the waterworks system of the city assisted in no small way toward the success of the convention.
From the time the convention was called to order in the assembly hall of the hotel by President George A. Kling, of Taunton, Mass., until the last paper was read members of Rochester’s municipal engineering corps were much in evidence at the sessions of the association. After the convention had been called to order by President King, who delivered the customary greeting to the delegates, an address of welcome was made by Mayor Hiram H. Edgerton who, in granting the freedom of the city to the visitors, said: “In welcoming you to Rochester we are
not unselfish, hoping to gain from you ideas which will be of use to us and in return showing you our beautiful city, of which we are justly proud.” The brief address of the mayor was followed by a few words of welcome from Roland B. Woodward, secretary of the Rochester chamber of commerce, after which Secretary Willard Kent read a list of applications for membership, which were accepted.
The work accomplished by the delegates to the National Conservation congress in St. Paul was reviewed by President King, after which the following committee on nomination of officers to be elected at the annual meeting next January was announced: James L. Tighe, Holyoke, Mass.; M. N. Baker, New York City; R. S. Weston, Boston; J. C. Hammond, Rockville, Conn.; R C. P. Coggshall, New Bedford, Mass.
Just before the morning session adjourned the secretary, on motion from the floor, was instructed to send a greeting to the Central Water Works Association in convention at Indianapolis. To permit of the inspection by the delegates of municipal plants in the city, no afternoon session was held, the papers which were to have been read before the convention at the afternoon meeting being reserved for an evening session, which was held at the hotel at 8 o’clock. Automobiles were provided for the delegates who, escorted by City Engineer Edwin A. Fisher, Commissioner of Public Works irederick T. Elwood, Superintendent of the Rochester Waterworks Department Beekman C. Little, Assistant City Engineer John F. Skinner and Superintendent of Waterworks Repair Department George E. Cripps, made a trip of inspection to the new reservoir at Cobbs hill, to the old reservoir in Highland park, the ride including visits to all points of interest in and around the city, including the barge canal, now in course of construction in the western and southern sections of the outlying districts around Rochester. At the meeting in the evening the program was continued by reading papers on “A Description of the Rochester Waterworks.” by Superintendent Beckman C. Little; “The New Reservoir at Cobbs Hill,” by Assistant City Engineer John E. Skinner; “Pertinent Matters Relating to Waterworks.” by Commissioner of Public Works Frederiek T. Elwood. and “Rochester Parks,” by C. C. Laney, superintendent of the Rochester park system. Mr. Skinner’s paper on the city’s new reservoir was illustrated by views, which the delegates were enabled to appreciate as a result of their visit and inspection to Cobbs hill during the afternoon. Stereonticon views were also used by Superintendent Laney in his interesting description of the public park system and the manner in which it is conducted. The paper of Commissioner Elwood. while brief, covered in an interesting manner, the working out of Rochester’s waterworks system by methods which have proven beneficial to the public and municipality alike. In brief, the paper served to illustrate the evolution of the city’s water supply. Superintendent Beekman C. Little, in his paper on “A Description of the Rochester Waterworks.” confined his talk principally to the meter system, explaining the system now followed and showing the saving on consumption.
With reference to the association’s representation at the National Conservation congress. Mr. Benzenburg reported by letter that:
“Comparatively little was accomplished at the meeting, most of the time being taken up by the speakers on the question of state rights versus the rights of the Federal Government to develop and control the natural resources and by addresses by the president and others. The addresses of the president and Mr. Roosevelt may be used for political purposes, but very little of a really practical nature was submitted. The representations of the technical societies did not constitute a factor in the congress.” Following a brief discussion the report was adopted.
The Thursday morning session was opened at 10 o’clock with the reading of reports, following which Emil Kuichling, consulting engineer, of New York City, read his paper on “Steel Pipe Lines.” This proved to be a very interesting paper, giving most important data on the construction and laying of steel and cast-iron pipe. Some discussion followed, after which the author was given a vote of thanks. The paper on “Ice Formation.” by Professor H. T. Barnes, director of physics at the McGill university, Monteral, was ordered printed in the proceedings. F. C. Jordan, secretary of the Indianapolis Water Company. followed with a paper on “Statistics of Growth of Income.” Upon assembling on Thursday at 2:30 p. m. an interesting paper was read by Leonard Metcalf, consulting engineer, of Boston, on “Depreciation of Waterworks and Methods of Accounting Therefor.” The next paper read was that on “The Use of the Water Ejector for Transporting Sand,” by Morris Knowles, chief engineer, and John M. Rice, division engineer of the bureau of filtration of Pittsburg. A general discussion, lead by Chester F. Drake, superintendent of the bureau of filtration of Pittsburg, followed the reading of this paper, which created considerable interest. The paper on “Corrosion of Metals,” by Robert Spurr Weston, of Boston, was next read. The subject showed careful consideration and was most favorably receiver, and was adopted by the unanimous vote of those present. At 10:30 Thursday evening the convention adjourned.
Friday morning delegates who did not desire to remain longer in Rochester availed themselves of a trip prepared to Niagara Falls, where they visited the various points of interest and enjoyed a trolley ride over the famous gorge route. During the time the convention was in session in Rochester the women members of the party were entertained at the University Club and with automobile and trolley rides, and on Wednesday evening a theatre party at the Temple theatre was given.
A number of exhibits were made by Rochester manufacturers, among which was one illustrating the method employed by the Rochester waterworks department in lowering water mains without shutting off the supply. Superintendent of the Waterworks Repair Department George E. Cripps demonstrated this method, which was conceived and adopted in Rochester. Other exhibits were made by the Rochester Exhibit Company, the Eastman Kodak Company and the Taylor Instrument Company, large manufacturing industries of the city. The Rochester committee. which arranged for the reception and entertainment of the delegates, was composed of City Engineer Edwin A. Eisher. Superintendent of the Rochester Waterworks Beekman C. Little and Constdtine Engineer Emil Kuichling. now of New York City. The visitors, upon their arrival in the city on Tuesday evening, were tendered a reception by the local committee at Hotel Seneca. The impression of Rochester as a convention city and of the city’s waterworks system gained by the delegates was a very favorable one, many of those in attendance having taken occasion to express themselves to that effect.
A resolution of thanks to the mayor, waterworks officials and those who assisted to make the convention such a great success was presented by Superintendent Sullivan, of Nashua. N. Y.
There was a fine and varied display of waterworks appliances shown in the large room of the Seneca hotel set apart for that purpose. As usual, the meter exhibition was the most attractive and extensive, as the manufacturers made special efforts to show samples of the different brands and sizes of meters on the market. Some new appliances were also shown, including a service pine cleaner by George T. Stanles, of Dedham, Mass.; the Van Order connection to protect meters from injury; the Corcoran lead pipe coupling, an effective device for making perfect joints under heavy pressure; couplings and tees by Snell & Stone, of Attleboro, Mass.; the Winslow electrical apparatus; a repair lid for any pattern curb box, a new curb box and check valve by the Mueller Manufacturing Company, and the Durham reduced specials by R. D. Wood & Co., of Philadelphia. The exhibits were well placed by the exhibit committee, of which W. F. Woodburn was chairman. Meters formed the largest part of the exhibition, the
NATIONAL METER COMPANY showing an assortment of its well-known brands of Crown, Empire, Nash, Gem and Premier meters. In a price-list of meters this company
says: “For the past forty years the National Meter Company has manufactured only the highest quality water meters. It is impossible for any single type of meter to operate successfully in connection with every class of waterworks’ service. We are in a peculiarly favorable position to select without bias or any other consideration except fitness, the particular type of meter which is best adapted to the requirements. The performance and service achieved by our meters, extending over long periods of time, place each in a pre-eminent position.”
THE UNION WATER METER COMPANY.
This company showed some fine specimens of its Union Rotary, King Disk, King Disk for vertical setting, Nilo and Columbia makes. The Nilo velocity meter is its latest production. It has a hard rubber piston, in two sections, the upper having right and lower left-hand vanes, the two halves being separated by a deflector plate insuring discharge of equal volumes of water from upper and lower halves of piston, thus maintaining absolute equilibrium, absence of thrust and extreme accuracy on all flows. All working parts, excepting register, are assembled as a single unit and can be removed as such without taking meter out of line of pipe. Inlet chamber of meter is provided with a screen of the bar type, which, without question, is the best ever put in a meter, as its construction is such that retardation of flow is reduced to a minimum and labor of cleaning can be easily performed.
PITTSBURG METER COMPANY.
The new pattern brand or D. C. type of the Keystone was shown with other brands of mett rs manufactured by this company. The D. C. type is made in sizes from 5/8-inch to 2-inch inclusive, with all bronze outer cases and does not differ from the regular Keystone brand only in a slight modification in form of the upper outer case and bonnet. In sizes up to 1-inch all parts are interchangeable with meters already in use, with the exception of the upper outer case, register, change gear and bonnet and in these no inconvenience will be occasioned by adopting the new type.
HENRY K. WORTHINGTON METERS.
In addition to a large number of Worthington meters, a new apparatus for weighing liquor was shown. This apparatus is designed for measuring liquids by weight and is intended to be installed at a point where there is little or no pressure, the liquid flowing into the tanks by gravity. It records weight, therefore the counter-reading is final without making any allowances or calculations and it maintains its original efficiency on account of absence of wearing surfaces. It will make an accurate record of very hot water used for boiler feeding and other purposes.
HERSEY MANUFACTURING COMPANY.
The usual fine display of meters was made by this company, including the Hersey Rotary, Mersey Disc. Hersey Torrent and Hersey Detector brands. As to the latter it was stated in a paper read by Mr. Little, superintendent of the Rochester waterworks, that on the private fire lines, where these detectors were installed, they fulfilled all the requirements of both the city and insurance people. The model F. M. of this meter is especially designed for fire and manufacturing services. The purpose of this meter is to measure all of the water used on that class of service and at the same time give full fire protection.
THOMSON METER COMPANY.
The exhibit of this company was large and attractively arranged. It contained a variety of sizes of Lambert meters from 5/8-inch to 6-inch. It is claimed that since the Lambert meter has been placed on the market, several years ago. it has not undergone any change, thus proving its perfect construction. The Lambert is made of the best bronze composition and is fitted with an unbreakable disc of hard rubber reinforced with a steel plate.
NEPTUNE METEK COMPANY.
A big exhibit of Trident, Trident Disk. Trident-Crest and High Duty Trident-Crest meters were given by this company. The Trident brands of meters are so well known by waterworks people that only reference may be made here to the latest improvement in the High Duty TridentCrest pattern. The cover on this meter has been designed to stand very high pressure, also constructed so as to use a modification of our Style 3 Gear Train. The register used is our 8-spindle constant reading register, which is rubber bushed, has pivoted bearings and is well able to stand any service. A protection bonnet is fitted to all High Duty Trident-Crest meters, which can he padlocked and is a secure safeguard for the meter register.
CAMON METER COMPANY.
Several well finished meters of the “watch dog” pattern were shown by this company. This meter is constructed entirely of brass. The gear train hearings are bushed with hard vulcanized rubber and the motion is transmitted through a special patented stuffing-box. The meter may be taken apart and reassembled many times, always standing the same test.
BUFFALO METER COMPANY.
The display made by this company was one of the largest it has made at any preivous convention. It consisted of new Niagara and American brands from 5/8-inch to 4-inch. It is claimed for these meters that their works are so evenly balanced that they are sensitive to large as well as small flows. Their largest and heaviest gears revolve on jewel and pivot hearings. The Buffalo upright pipe water meter connection was also exhibited. This device is intended to be used where it is not possible to set meters level. It permits small meters to be set in a horizontal position on a perpendicular pipe, holding both meter and pipe rigidly in place.
LEAD LINED IRON PIPE COMPANY.
Thomas E. Dwyer, president of the Lead Lined Iron Pipe Company, of Wakefield, Mass., made a very attractive display of specimens of lead and tin-lined pipe and connections. This pipe has grown greatly in favor in recent years on account of its undoubted superiority over other grades of service pipe. It is now in use in hundreds of waterworks and public buildings, and one of the latest installations was that in the great Pennsylvania railway terminal in New York City. Where a good sanitary pipe which can be easily handled and is durable and low-priced is desired this product has no equal.
THE ALEXANDER MILBURN COMPANY.
A fine; display of the various sized lights made by this company were shown by C. R. Pollard, Jr., and D. E. Stansbury, its representatives. These lights are adapted for use on public works and fire service. They show a powerful light and are maintained at a trifling cost.
A. P. SMITH MANUFACTURING COMPANY.
Only a small portion of the display this company intended to make arrived in time to be included among the waterworks tools shown. A Smith tapping apparatus and a ten other well-known special appliances were. however, exhibited by Ered Whitcomb, eastern agent of the company. T. H. Halpin, secretary, and J. Strackbein, its western represensative, were also present, and looked after the interests of its patrons.
HAYS MANUFACTURING COMPANY.
In addition to a large line of waterworks supplies, including cocks, the McNamara hydrant, original “Hays Erie” extension service boxes and a variety of brass goods were shown. The company made a specialty of demonstrating its new acquisition, the Payne tapping machine. This appliance was recently acquired from the Modern Iron Works and the Hays company proposes to make known its many favorable points of excellence. Its simplicity is thus briefly described: It
has no valves, no pet cocks and no disconnecting or changing front the time tapping is commenced until finished. By simply turning the head of the machine half way round by means of the handle across the top brings the cocks where the drill was, and the drill where the cock was. Then by pushing down on the mandrel, the cock enters easily.
Pamphlets giving full particulars of this tool may be bad on application to the company. The exhibit was in charge of the popular Timothy
J. Nagle, Charles E. Mueller and H. H. Clements.
ROSS VALVE MANUFACTURING COMPANY.
An unusually attractive display of the products of this company was shown. It was in charge of William and J. C. Ross, members of the company. Fine samples of Ross reducing valves, water engines for light pumping purposes and other specialties which the company controls were also displayed. It may be mentioned that Ross reducing valves are extensively used throughout the country, in fact they have gained a wide reputation among engineers in charge of waterworks plants and high-pressure stations on account of their reliability and excellent construction. The high-pressure system of New York city is controlled by these valves where they are giving great satisfaction.
MUELLER MANUFACTURING COMPANY.
Besides a variety of samples of Mueller brass goods this company showed some new designs in curb boxes and repair lids made to fit any pattern curb box; also a new tubing check valve. Owing to a mishap in the shipment of some goods the company was unable to make its usual large and attractive exhibit. Oscar B. and Fred B. Mueller, G. A. Caldwell, R. M. Hastings and T. A. Paradine looked after the interests of the company.
GLAUBER BRASS MANUFACTURING COMPANY.
The fine display of brass goods made by this company included water connections which make a practical joint, unitary from end to end; lead flange couplings, lead to iron and lead to lead, which are claimed as saving solder and wiping joints and branch connections for any size service pipe. The handsome exhibit was in charge of Sam Davis and A. I. Fischer.
NATIONAL PIPE CLEANING COMPANY.
A most interesting exhibit was made by this company. It consisted of samples of pipe showing the remarkable results of cleaning and the different materials removed from pipes while undergoing the process. A large variety of photographs on hand showed the actual results obtained by cleaning, in some cases producing over 100 per cent, efficiency in the flow. D. S. Buell Buell was in charge.
R. D. WOOD & co.
A special display was made by this company of specimens of hydrants, yard standpipes and specials. These products were made of aluminum and standard size and received particular attention by the delegates.
C. R. Wood and W. F. Woodbarn represented the company.
Among the other exhibits were: The Fitometer shown by E. S. Cole; Venturi meter, by the Builders’ Iron Foundry; brass connections by Allyne Brass Foundry Co.; gasoline engine and pump by the Water Works Equipment Co. Other manufacturers represented were: Rensselaer Valve Mfg. Co., valves and hydrants; American Asphaltum & Rubber Co., coatings for pipes and iron work: Ashton Valve Co., gauges and valves: Darling Pump
Mfg. Co., valves and waterworks supplies; Chapman Valve Mfg. Co., valves and by drants; Utica Pipe Foundry Co., pipe and special eastings: Kennedy Valve Mfg. Co., by drants. valves and specialties: Ludlow Valve Mfg. Co., Ludlow gates, valves, hydrants and supplies; U. S. Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry Co., cast-iron pipe and special castings: Anderson Cupling Co., corporation and curb cocks, goose-necks, brass goods of all kinds; Platt Iron Works Co., pumps; Standard Cast Iron Foundry Co., pipe and specials: New York Continental Jewell Filtration Co., filtration plants: Norwood Engineering Co., hydrants and filters: Luitweiller Pumping Engine Co., pumps and motor fire engines. The names of the gentlemen representing these companies will be found in the attendance list published elsewhere in this issue.
Following is a list of those in attendance:
ACTIVE AND HONORARY MEMBERS.
George A. King, superintendent, Taunton, Mass, E. D. Eldridge, superintendent, Onset, Mass.
W. Kent, superintendent, Narragansett Pier, R. I.
J. W. Graham, cashier, water dist. Portland, Me. E. R. Dyer, superintendent, Portland, Me.
James Burnie. superintendent, Biddeford, Me. George E. W inslow, Waltham, Mass.
D. B. McCarthy, superintendent, Waterford, N. Y.
S. A. Agnew, superintendent, Scituate, Mass.
E. L. Northrop, Boston, Mass.
E. M. Peck, distribution eng., Hartford, Conn.
Geo. T. Staples, superintendent, Dedham, Mass.
F. D. Berry, secretary water board, Hartfod, Conn.
W. E. Johnson, eng., Hartford, Conn.
H. Roberts, pres. water board, Hartford, Conn.
W. R. Conard, inspecting eng., Burlington, N. J.
R. J. Thomas, superintendent, Lowell, Mass.
Wm. F. Sullivan, superintendent, Nashua, N. H. M. F. Collins, superintendent, Lawrence, Mass.
G. K. Crandall, city eng., New London, Conn.
Will J. Sando, consulting eng., Milwaukee, Wis.
Beekman C. Little, superintendent, Rochester, N. Y.
John C. Trautwine, civil eng., Philadelphia, Pa.
John Mayo, superintendent. Bridgewater, Mass
Edwin A. Fisher, city eng., Rochester, N. Y.
Frank E. Hall, Worcester. Mass.
J. J. Kirkpatrick, superintendent, Holyoke, Mass.
Albert E. Pickup, water registrar, Holyoke, Mass,
Hardolph Wasteneys, chemist, Berkeley. Cal.
A. E. Martin, superintendent. Springfield, Mass.
James M. Caird, chemist, Troy, N. Y.
F. W. Shepperd, FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, New York.
H. R. Cooper, superintendent, Tompsonville, Ct.
C. R. Bettes, eng. water co., Far Rockaway, N. Y.
James L. Tighe, engineer, Holyoke, Mass.
G. A. Sanborn, superintendent Essex Co., Lawrence. Mass.
M. J. Doyle, water com., Holyoke. Mass.
Jesse E. Sheldon, water comr., Holyoke, Mass.
A. E. Sawyer, water registrar, Haverhill, Mass.
G. W. Batchelder, water com., Worcester, Mass.
D. G. Thomas. eng. water co., Denver, Colo.
L. P. Hapgood, Springfield, Mo.
George H. Snell, superintendent. Attleboro, Mas-
F. A. Barbour, civil eng., Boston, Mass.
Charles R. Felton, city eng., Brockton, Mass.
Allen Hazen, consulting eng., New York.
L. M. Bancroft, superintendent, Reading, Mass
Charles H. Baldwin, Boston. Mass
D. McDonald, superintendent. Middletown, Conn.
Edward S. Cole. New York.
L. M. Hastings, city eng., Cambridge, Mas-
H. A. Reimer, eng. water dept., East Orange, N. J.
I. S. Wood, asst, eng., Providence. R. I.
M. N. Baker, Engineering News, New York.
William Murdock, city eng., St, Johns. N, B.
J. H. Walsh, superintendent, East Hartford, Conn.
G. A. Stacy, superintendent, Marlboro, Mass.
W. C. Hawley. chief eng., Wilkishurg, Pa.
Morris Knowles, civil eng. Pittsburg, Pa.
Thomas A. Pierce, supt., East Greenwich, R. I,
R. S. Weston, sanitary eng., Boston, Mass.
John F. Sprenkel. Water Co., York, Pa.
P. R. Sanders, supt., Concord. N. H.
C. E. Davis, engineer, Brown’s Station, N. Y.
I. W. Kay, superintendent, Milford, Mass.
G. Holtzmann, superintendent. Schenectady, N. Y.
T. J. Carmody, water com., Holyoke, Mass,
Jas. A. Tilden. mechanical eng., Boston. Mass.
G. R. Ellis, supt., Canandaigua. N. Y.
T. H. Mackenzie, state eng., Southington. Conn.
W. C. Hopper, superintendent, Paterson, N. J.
J. F. Biladeau, superintendent. Pittsfield, Mass.
J. W. Ackerman, superintendent. Auburn, N. Y.
F. H. Luce, superintendent, Woodhaven. N. Y.
Leonard Metcalf, consulting eng., Boston, Mass. Emil Kuichling, consulting eng., New York.
W. R. Hill, consulting eng., Albany, N. Y.
Geo. A. Caldwell, H. Mueller Mfg. Co., Boston.
C. L. Brown, Rensselaer Co., Northboro, Mass.
E. M. Shedd, Thomson Meter Co., Boston.
R. M. Hastings, H. Mueller Co., Buffalo, N. Y.
R. B. Nisbet, Am. Asphaltum & Rub. Co., Buffalo.
L. S. Barnard, Hersey Mfg. Co., Buffalo, N. Y.
W. F. Woodhurn, R. D. Wood & Co., Philadelphia.
Columbus Dill, Ashton Valve Co., Boston. Mass.
L. P. Anderson, Union Meter Co., Worcester.
J. M. Jones, Pittsburg Meter Co., Pittsburg, Pa.
S. Harrison, H. R. Worthington Co., Boston.
W. P. Oliver, National Meter Co., New York.
J. G. Lufkin. National Meter Co., Boston.
J. C. Kelly, Jr., National Meter Co., New York.
A. B. Coulters, Builders’ Iron Fdy., Providence.
J. E. Reagan, Neptune Meter Co., New York.
B. T. Beardsley, Allyne Brass Fdy Co., Detroit.
F. N. Whitccmb, A. P. Smith Co., E. Orange.
H. H. Davis, Darling Pump Co., Boston.
T. E. Dwyer, Lead Lined Iron Pipe Co., Wakefield, Mass.
H. L. DeWolf, Chapman Valve Mfg. Co., Boston.
A. W. Hobbs, Chapman Valve Mfg. Co., Boston.
J. M. Noonan, Chap. Valve Mfg. Co., Syracuse.
A. W. Gilbert, Chap. Valve Mfg. Co., Springfield.
T. Radley, Chap. Valve Mfg. Co., New York.
C. W. Houghton, Ashton Valve Co., Boston.
G. S. Bates, Rensselaer Mfg. Co., Troy, N. Y.
F. B. Mueller, H. Mueller Mfg. Co., Decatur, Ill.
A. I. Fischer. Glauber Brass Mfg., Cleveland, O.
Sam Davis, Glauber Brass Mfg., Cleveland, O.
C. F. Glavin, Chas. Millar & Co., Utica, N. Y.
M. S. Cetti, Thomson Meter Co., Brooklyn, N. Y.
D. S. Bucel, Nat. Water Main Co., New York.
F. A. Smith. Neptune Meter Co., New York.
W. H. Van Winkle, Waterworks Equip. Co., N. Y.
T. D. Faulks, Neptune Meter Co., New York.
W. J. Chellew, Geo. E. Gilchrist Co., Boston.
J. C. Ross, Ross Valve Mfg. Co., Troy, N. Y.
O. B. Mueller, H, Mueller Mfg. Co., New York.
J. S. Warde, Jr., Rensselaer Mfg. Co., New York.
H. M. Heim. Waterworks Equip. Co., New York.
R. M. Corcoran, Allyne Brass Co., Detroit, Mich.
V. E. Arnold, Pittsburg Meter Co., Pittsburg, Pa.
C. E. Mueller, Hays Mfg. Co., Erie, Pa.
W. A. Hersey, Hersey Mfg. Co., Boston.
C. A. Vaughan, Gamon Meter Co., Newark, N. J.
W. H. Buckley, Gamon Meter Co., Newark, N. J.
M, J. Brosnan, Kennedy Valve Mfg. Co., Elmira.
T. A. Glavin, Ludlow Valve Mfg., Troy, N. Y.
A. A. Taylor, Ludlow Valve Mfg., Boston.
E. A. Gamon, Gamon Meter Co., Newark, N. J.
Wm. Ross, Ross Valve Mfg. Co., Troy, N. Y.
W. B. Franklin, U. S. C. I. Pipe Co., Phila.
H. H. Clements, Hays Mfg. Co., Erie, Pa.
H. H. Kinsey, Neptune Metter Co., Boston.
C. R. Wood, R. D. Wood & Co., Phila., Pa.
J. K. Gunn, Utica Pipe Foundry Co., Utica, N. Y.
T. J. Nagle. Hays Mfg. Co., Erie, Pa.
S. D. Higley. Thomson Meter Co., Brooklyn.
C. E. Pratt, Anderson Coupling Co., Hartford.
F. H. Hayes. Platt Iron Works Co., Boston.
W. E. Dodds, Standard C. I. Fdy. Co., Bristol, Pa.
T. C. Clifford, Pittsburg Meter Co., Pittsburg.
J. L. Hough, Darling Pump, Williamsport, Pa.
T. G. Paradine, H. Mueller Mfg. Co., Erie, Pa.
C. R. Pollard, Jr., Alex. Milburn Co., Baltimore.
D. E. Stanshury. Alex, Milburn Co., Baltimore.
J. W. McCormack, Lead Lined Iron Pipe Co., Wakefield, Mass.
W. C. Sherwood. Hersey Mfg. Co., New York.
R. E. Milligan, N. Y. Con. Jewell Fil. Co. N. Y.
H. W. Hosford, Norwood Eng. Co., Florence. Mass.
London’s Water Supply.
E. B. Barnard, chairman of the metropolitan water board, of London, in an address on the work of that body at the sanitary inspectors’ conference in London recently said that the population which the board was supplying with water was nearly equal to that of the two kingdoms of Norway and Sweden, about the same as the Dominion of Canada, 2,000,000 more than Australia and New Zealand together, and larger than the whole population of Scotland and Wales by about 1,000,000. If they could build a tank the size of Trafalgar square (2 1/2, acres) and the height of Nelson’s column. London would empty such a tank twice every twenty-four hours. The water mains alone would reach from Liverpool to New York and back again, and it would take the Mauretania 10 days to race along the whole length.
Water Rates at Roanoke.
In discussing the earnings of the Roanoke, Va., Gas and Water Company as a basis for rates to be charged the consumers of small quantities of water, Judge Page asserted that the plant of the present company is worth at least $900,000. He said the consumption of water in the city last year was on an average of 110,000,000 gallons per month, or 1,320,000,000 gallons a year. With a profit of 10 cents on each 1,000 gallons, the company was earning about $132,000 a year, or nearly 15 per cent, on the sum invested. The present investment was for a plant which would provide for the needs of the city for some years, and still the amount of water consumed would be much larger as the city was rapidly growing, and he did not believe he was wrong when he said the plant would be earning the owners at least 20 per cent, on the investment inside of three years.
judge Page was at times opposed by Mr. Jamison, who was especially opposed to a decrease in the meter rates, voting in the negative when the majority of the body answered “yea” on the call for an unrecorded vote. Judge Page offered an amendment to reduce the cost of water through meters to 20 cents from 25 cents, where the meter was supplied by the company, and from 20 cent_____ to 15 cents where the consumer paid the cost of installing the meter. He also offered an amendment to make the minimum per month for a meter 40 cents, instead of 50 cents, as as present. He was sustained in all three motions.
The rates on dwelling houses per annum are for hydrants, $9: bath, $3; shower bath, $3; water closet, each bowl, $3 and for each urinal, $1.50. No charge is to be made for hot water outlets. Each family having separate fixtures will be charged the same as if living in a separate house: if using the same fixtures, each additional family will he charged $4.50 per annum. Lawn hose. $2.50 for each 50-foot lot. Office with spigot. $5 per annum: two or more offices using the same spigot, $2.50 per annum.
For building purposes the charges are: Laying brick, per 1,000, 12 cents; masonry, per cubic yard, 5 cents; plastering, per 100 yards, 25 cents; water for artificial stone, half cent. The last is a reduction of 1.5 cents, as it is 2 cents at present, a rate which has kept up the cost of artificial stone sidewalks. The next sections deal with the cost of water for the city, and fire and water protection. There is a disposition to have the city receive some concessions for water, and the intention of the hoard of aldermen appears to be to have all water used given free, the city to pay for installation of service.
Milwaukee Lighting Fires.
Milwaukee. Wis., like most other cities along the north shore of Lake Michigan for a distance of 100 miles north of Chicago, has been for some time a sufferer from typhoid. All of these cities and towns obtain their water front the lake, and as each municipality deposits its sewage into the same body of water, the natural deduction is that the water is the cause of the typhoid. Milwaukee’s water supply is taken from a point nearly a mile and a half off shore, at a depth of 60 feet. Health officer, Dr. W. C. Rucker, with the cooperation of other city officials, has caused to be constructed a temporary hypochlorite plant for the purpose of treating the city water. The plant consists of a mixing tank 3 feet in diameter and 4 feet high and of two solution tanks, each 8 feet in diameter and 7 feet high. The mixing tank has a stirring device operated by hand. The tanks are of cypress lumber, set up outside the pumping station over the supply tunnel and connected by galvanized-iron pipes with the supply. The flow is regulated by means of ordinary valves, according to the amount of pumpage in the station. Six pounds of hypochlorite of lime are used per 1,000,000 gallons. Daily tests of the raw water and of the treated water are made by the health department. The results of these tests show about 200 bacteria per c.c. in the raw water and from 2 to 6 in the treated water. Should it be necessary to continue the treatment of the water, it is proposed to construct permanent concrete tanks, close to the pumping station, with the mixing tank inside of the building, so as to be able to do the mixing by mechanical means; the solution could then be fed into the pump wells. At present the pumpage is 50,000,000 gallons per day. The cost of treating this quantity is $10.20 per day. or 20 cents per 1,000,000 gallons.
Mayor Gaynor’s Barn Burns.
A new barn on Mayor Gaynor’s country estate at St. James, L. E, containing grain, hay and other crops gathered during the summer, was burned to the ground September 25 with a loss of about $10,000. The fire, which originated from spontaneous combustion, was discovered at noon. The mayor, after personally directing the rescue of his horses and cattle, retired to the house to watch the fire.
Local firemen did all in their power to cope with the situation. Lines of hose were laid to adjacent wells but by the time an engine arrived, the fire was beyond control and the building was quickly destroyed. All that remained to do was to protect adjoining buildings.
Newark Fire Department.
The fire department of Newark, N. J., has a total membership of 390 men. This number includes one chief, one deputy chief, five battalion chiefs, one secretary, one clerk, one inspector of combustibles and assistant, 21 captains of steamer companies, 23 lieutenants, 8 captains of truck companies, 8 lieutenants of truck companies, one superintendent of fire alarm, 84 firemen and other employes. The apparatus of the department includes one extra first-size steam fire engine, two first-size steam fire engines, five extra second-size steam fire engines, 10 second-size steam fire engines, one extra third-size steam fire engine, two third-size steam fire engines, three hose wagons, tenders to engines, 19 combination chemical engines and hose wagons, five city hook and ladder trucks, one Kaiser pneumatic aerial hook and ladder truck, two American-La France aerial hook and ladder trucks, one Champion water tower, one buggy for use of chief engineer, one buggy for use of deputy chief, five buggies for use of battalion chiefs, one buggy for use of superintendent of fire alarm telegraph, two wagons for telegraph department. 26 exercise wagons, two supply wagons, two sleighs for use of chiefs.
There are also in reserve three steam fire engines, two city hook and ladder trucks, one combination chemical engine and hose wagon, two hose wagons, one upright two 60-gallon chemical engines (Holloway), one horizontal two 60-gallon chemical engine (Holloway).
The hose supply consists of 46,800 feet of 2 1/2-inch cotton, rubber-lined hose, 850 feet of 3-inch, and 5,600 feet of 3/4-inch chemical hose. There are also in reserve 5,400 feet of 2 1/2-inch cotton-covered hose. The disbursements for the department last year aggregated $609,280, the sum of $496,000 being for pay roll. According to the annual report of Chief William C. Astley, there were 1,204 fires and alarms of all kinds during 1909, which was an increase of 25 over the year before. There were 20 second alarms, 6 third and 280 still alarms. Eighty-five new fire hydrants were placed in different parts of the city, and the high-pressure water system was extended through the addition of 41 hydrants The total number of fire hydrants now is 2,841. There are 160 horses in the department.
Fire losses in the United States during 1896 were approximately $119,000,000. practically the same as during 1887.
Figures showing a largely increased pumpage in Cincinnati. Ohio, present a renewed and forcible argument in favor of the use of meters. It was the necessity of the use of meters that led Mechanical Superintendent Pollard, in his recent semi-annual report, to call attention to the strain on the pumping facilities of the city by the present method, particularly on the high-service districts.
The Lonsdale, Pa., Water Company is planning to increase its indebtedness from $7,500 to $20,000, the money raised to be used in improving the plant. Meters will be installed.
The Public Service Magazine claims that water famines in many cities during the past summer might have been avoided by the use of meters. Commenting editorially on the situation the magazine declares that, “During the drought, when hundreds of cities were suffering from lack of water, the records do not show one city where the water system was fully metered that was inconvenienced seriously. Of course, many of the plants were taxed to their capacity, but there was no famine, and for what water was used the city received full payment. In unmetered cities the distress was keenly felt. The waterworks were manned by additional forces, warnings were issued against wasting water, threats of arrest were made, but with little effect, and the millions of gallons of extra water that were used brought these unmetered cities not one cent of additional revenue.”
Bids for furnishing Dayton. Ohio, with meters for the ensuing year were received by Service Director Ely, September 30. in the next letting of meter contracts, the director proposes to so arrange the awards as to permit the purchase of some meters in small lots, of firms not securing the large contract.
An ordinance providing for the installation of a meter system has been introduced in the Board of Aldermen of Mobile, Ala.
The report of the board of commissioners of the water department of Harrisburg, Pa., has this to say in favor of the meter system: “The use of meters has become so general that no other method of securing the supply is considered in cases of new or remodeled houses. When it is considered that over 6,000 houses in the city, the most of them fitted with improved water fixtures, get water for $6 a year and that the average revenue from all metered houses is but a little over eight dollars it can readily be seen why consumers prefer to buy water by meter measurement. Nor has the furnishing of water by meter interfered in any way with the revenue of the department. The income has steadily increased year after year and the consumption has been reduced by tbe absence of leaking fixtures to such an extent that the increased demands made by manufacturers has not as yet seriously hampered the pumping and other capacity of the plant.”
There are 5,000 meters in use in Aurora, Ill.
Toronto, Can., has 71,068 water services, 4,246 street hydrants and 2,978 meters in use.
During the month of August Hartford, Conn., installed 52 water meters, making the total number now in use, 11,726.
Water Bids Opened.
BEVERLY, MASS.—The contract for supplying water pipe has been awarded to R. D. Wood & Co., of Philadelphia, at $22.20 per ton. Other bids were E. A. Houlette & Co., Charles Miller Sons Co., Tenny, Morse & Co., M. J. Drummond & Co., and the Warren Foundry and Pipe Company.
COZAO, NEB.— The following bids for furnishing material and constructing water system have been opened: Cook Construction Company, Des
Moines, Ia., $34,824; Des Moines Bridge and Iron Company, $34,597; the National Company, $34,978; S. C. Brooks & Sons, $34,897; C. Jaeger, $35,740, and the Katz-Craig Construction Company, $34,400. The contract was awarded to the last named.
CONWAY, ARK.—Joseph McCrappin has been awarded the contract for constructing a complete waterworks system at $56,876. The work includes 15 miles of pipe, motor-driven simplex pumps and a 6-inch transmission line.
CHISHOLM, MINN.—The American Bridge Company has secured the contract for constructing two settling basins of $300,000 gallons capacity at $14,000.
DALLAS, TEX.—The bid of John C. Underwood,
$18,725.90, for 30 and 36-inch mains to be used for extensions, has been accepted.
GRAND FORKS. X. D.—Bids for remodelling and reconstructing present slow sand filter have been opened as follows: New York Continental
Jewell Filtration Company, $18,800; Norwood Engineering Company, $19,200, and the Pittsburg Filter Manufacturing Company, $19,100. The contract was awarded to the Pittsburg firm.
HOLTYILLE, CAL.—The Fairbanks-Morse Co., of Los Angeles, has secured the contract for a pump and engine at $3,000, and the Crane company, of the same city, for furnishing pipe and fittings at $12,000.
NEW YORK CITY.—The following bids have been received for furnishing and delivering castiron pipe, special castings and valve-box castings: John Fox & Co., $22.20. $46.50 and $42.50; Florence Iron Company, $22.60, $43.40 and $31; Standard Foundry Company, $22.66, $46.90 and $42.50; United States Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry Company, $23.40. $49 and $45, and the Warren Foundry and Machine Company, $22.40, $46 and $46.
PORTLAND, ME.—The contract for furnishing 21,600 tons of cast-iron pipe and 300 tons of specials has been awarded to the United States Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry Company at $22.40 per ton, or $481,600.
PARKERSBURG, W. VA.—The following bids have been received for furnishing two 4,000,000gallon pumps: H. R. Worthington Co., $31,500;
Platt Iron Works, $67,600; Epping Carpenter Co., $29,300 and $30,900; Holley Manufacturing Co., $40,980; Wilson-Snider Manufacturing Co., $53,000, $56,200, $36,660 and $37,840, and the AllisChalmers Co., $81,750 and $54,950. The contract was awarded to the Holley Manufacturing Co.
Bids for the construction of the pump well were: Cantrel Construction Co. $28,342.50; Martin & Hughes, $25,652.30; W. H. Chisholm & Sons, $20,980.80, and the James Westwater Co., $29,579. The contract was awarded to W. H. Chisholm & Sons.
The bids on the boilers were received as follows: Babcock-Wilcox Co., $6,705 and $8,000;
Casey-lledges Co., $5,986: W. B. Osborne, $8,210: Heine Safety Boiler Co., $7,222: Toledo-Elainer Co., $6,000, and the E. Keeler Co., $6,401. The contract was awarded to tbe Babcock—Wilcox Co. at $8,000.
PELLA, IA.—The following contracts have been awarded in connection with the construction of a combined water and light system: To Des
Moines Bridge and Iron Co., of Des Moines, laying 18,500 feet of 10-inch pipe, furnishing valves, hydrants and specials, constructing filter gallery, well and pump house and furnishing lead and jute, $20,519; to Joseph E. Bortcnlanger, Omaha, Neb., for furnishing engines, boilers, generators, motors and all electrical apparatus, two triplex pumps, 3 1/2 miles transmission line, city lighting lines complete and secondary wiring, $42,014; to K. A. Verhey, constructing powerhouse. $6,390, and to U. S. Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry Co., pipe at $24 per ton.
SPOKANE, WASH.— The Holly-Mason Hardware Co. has been awarded a contract for furnishing 79,500 feet of iron pipe at $59,445. Pipe will be used for Cannondale and Lidgerwood extensions.
SAN ANTONIO, TEX.—The contract for constructing a fireproof boiler house at the main pumping station has been awarded to L. P. Boettler at $17,000.
TOULON, ILL.—The Chicago Bridge and Iron Co. has been awarded a contract for the construction of a water lank and tower at $3,790.
WHEELING. W. VA.—L. G. Halleck & Son have been awarded a contract for driving a 250-foot duct and laying a 36-inch main to connect the new Allis-Chalmers pump to the old city discharge mains at $15,313. Chisholm & Sons bid $17,406.
Fire Bids Opened.
ROCK ISLAND, ILL.—The contract for the installation of a complete fire alarm system, consisting of 52 stations, has been awarded to the Gameweil Fire Alarm Telegraph Company at about $11,265.
HAZLETON. PA.—Two contracts for hose have been awarded as follows: 500 feet to the Eureka Fire Hose Mfg. Co., and 500 feet to the Lattimer Supply and Machinery Company.
MONTREAL, CAN.—Upon recommendation of Chief Tremblay the contract for a 1,000-gallon steam fire engine will be awarded to the Water-
ous Engine Works Company, of St. Paul, Mum., at $5,600.
NEW ORLEANS, LA.THE contract for supplying 804 complete uniforms has been awarded to C. Layard at $11.95 and $15.20 each.
SCRANTON, PA.—The following bids have been received for the construction of the Eleventh ward firehouse: S. Sykes & Sons, $13,277; John
Wippich, $9,275; M. J. Ruddy, $13,675, and F. V. Leitner, $12,140.
NEWBURGH, X, Y.—The contract for the const ruction of the Chapman steamer house has been awarded to John P. Convery Sons at $14,554. Six other bids were submitted.
WASHINGTON, D. C.—The following bids have been opened by commissioners of the District of Columbia for furnishing fire extinguishers Rex Fire Extinguisher Company, New York City, $8.50 and $6.25; Washington Rubber Company, Washington, D. C., $6; Phillip Joseph, Baltimore, Md., $5.95; Barber & Ross, Washington, D. C., $4.90: Edro Richardson Brass Company, Baltimore, Md., $6,40; James Boyd Bros., Philadelphia, Pa., $5.34, $5.24 and $4.98; AmericanLaFrance Fire Engine Company, Elmira, N. Y., $5.38 and $5.31 ; A. C. Rowe & Son, New York City, $10 and $8.85; National Electrical Supply Company, Washington. D. C., $5.50; H. J. M. Howard Mfg. Co., Washington, $5.67.
EVANSVILLE, IND.—A contract for 500 feet of Dresden brand fire hose has been awarded to the Voorhees Rubber Company.
HOT SPRINGS, ARK.—The Voorhees Rubber Company has sold 2,000 feet of Dresden brand fire hose to this city.
Pumping Engine Notes.
A boiler explosion at the Toledo & Ohio Central pumping station in New Lexington, Ohio, resulted in the death of three persons.
Commencing with October, pumps in the Sixteenth and King streets station in Wilmington. Del., will he placed on an eight-hour basis and operated continuously.
Plans for the new waterworks system for Dunkirk, Ind., include the construction of a brick pumping station and the installation of a gasoline engine and pump.
The pumping station at Bellefonlaine, Ohio., is being taxed almost to its limit because of a breakdown in the private station of the Big Four railway. The pumpage, ordinarily 700,000 gallons daily, has been increased to more than 1,000,000 gallons.
The Lehigh Foundry Company will furnish a easting to replace the broken section of the d’Auria pump for tbe Allentown water department. Tbe company, however, will not install the pump and the city will advertise for bids for this purpose.
The pumping plant in Clinton, Ill., has been declared entirely inadquate, there being only two pumps of 25,000 gallons daily capacity. Engineer W. A. Skinner recommends tbe installation of a 1,000,000-gallon rotan pump and the electrification of the plant.
Work will be started soon, on tbe installation of a private water plant, at tbe Battle Creek. Mich., Paper Company’s factory. An engine will be installed close to tbe power room, and the entire water supply of the plant pumped independently of the city service.
Compared with August, 1909, the pumpage of water in Cincinnati, Ohio, during August of the present year shows an enormous increase. The total pumpage at the river station has increased 13.7 per cent., on the Westwood service 55.5 per cent, and on the Price Hill service 18.1 per cent.
Engineers of the National Board of Underwriters. after investigating the water system of Niagara Falls, N. Y., declare that when the new plant, in course of construction, is in full operation. it will lack sufficient capacity to protect the city should a grave demand be made upon it. They recommend tbe installation of two additional units at the pumping station. The plant, when completed, will have a daily capacity of 15,000,000 gallons.
A large new pump is being installed by the waterworks company in Willows. Cal. The new air lift system will be combined with the pumps, which have been furnishing the supply in the past. There will be a normal capacity of 600 gallons per minute which can be increased to 1,000 gallons if needed and to 2,000 gallons in case of emergency.