New Pumping Station in Boston
It has now been decided that Boston’s new pumping station to be built as part of the high pressure water system for fire fighting purposes will be placed on the Boston side of the Charles river and not within the confines of Boston Common. This decision was reached, it is announced, not because of protests by members of the Boston Common Society and others, but because Mayor Curley believes the Boston side of the Charles river furnishes better facilities for the station than any location in the vicinity of the Common or Public Garden. Immediately after the plans are drawn and soundings made by engineers of the public works’ department, Commissioner Rourke, who is in charge of the high pressure system, will advertise for bids for the new structure, which will be built either of granite or reinforced concrete. The equipment for the pumping plant has been decided upon and after the contract is awarded for the structure no time will be lost.
Mayor Curley, of Boston. Mass., had announced himself in favor of having the high pressure pumping station constructed beneath the Common, on the Charles Street side. The Boston Common Society and others opposed placing the station within the confines of the Common. While the plans provided for placing the station beneath the surface, there was considerable discussion about having the top of the structure some feet above the surface of the Common to provide sufficient light and air.