New Filter at Kansas City
Flint, Mich., will soon have a filtration plant in operation. The outside construction work is complete, with the exception of the erection of a 130-foot smoke-stack. A 48-inch intake pipe leading from the water to the filtration plant, a distance of 433 feet, has also been laid for some time. The large coagulating basins at the north and south ends of the plant and the 12,000.000gallon filtering basin and the two 18-inch surface mains leading from the plant to the city are now in position. On the inside two Wicks vertical boilers have been installed, but the rest of the inside work, including pumps, engines, etc., has yet to make its appearance. The eight filtering beds, each with a capacity of 1,000,000 gallons a day, with the four marble stands and series of operating and regulating levers arc erected on the concrete floor. So far as is possible until the actual filtering of the water begins, the baffling sections are finished. In these the river water will be chemically treated before it descends by gravitation to the filtering beds. It is expected that the filter plant will be in operation next month. It will operate for two or three weeks before the present water works plant is shut down. For a time one new 12,000,000-gallon plant will he used until all goes smoothly. The old plant will then be closed, on which the 7,000,000gallon pump now operating at the old water works, and one of the smaller pumps will be used for emergency work, or in case of a breakdown. It is very unlikely that all the pumps will be in operation together at any time. They will work alternately, and one or two of them will be kept in readiness for emergencies.