New Filter Plant of Watertown
The new city filter plant built during the summer by the board of water, light and power, Watertown, N. Y., has been completed and been placed in operation. It is expected that the new plant will assure that for many years to come this city will be abundantly supplied with water, and that the difficulties of past summers with the plant working beyond capacity to provide a dangerously low supply will no longer be encountered. The new addition adds one-half to the 6,000,000 gallon capacity of the filter plant equipment making a total of 9,000,000 gallons. The old equipment guaranteed a capacity of filtered water of 6,000,000 gallons. Frequently the department has been forced to pump 8,000,000 a day into the reservoir. Another improvement is the installation of a 400,000 gallon reserve reservoir near the pumps which will eliminate the troubles experienced when the river flow was low and there was not enough water to properly cover the intake pipes. The work of installing the new addition was handled by the department instead of on contract. Much difficulty was experienced in getting materials and equipment, but considering the limited amount of labor available the job was completed quickly under the management of John W. Phillcn, superintendent. The original estimate of cost was about $50,000, but with the advances in costs the cost of the completed job runs somewhat above that figure.