New Source of Supply for Kalamazoo
An interesting and important discovery has been made at Kalamazoo, Mich., showing that an excellent water supply may be obtained from wells, and it is likely this source will eventually be used to furnish all water used by the city in future. H. A. Watson, superintendent of waterworks, semis this journal the following brief account and illustration of the last well successfully operating in the plant:
Mr. Watson says: “The well shown in the illustration has a 6-inch tube and depth of 120 feet. As will be seen, it yields a fine supply of water without apparent diminution. It is operated with an air lift pump and has an estimated capacity of 500 gallons per minute, or 720,000 per day. They are using the air lift System to secure good flows and abundance of the best spring water from our well supply. The waterworks plant is now serving 45,000 people with an excellent quality of water and we expect to procure enough to take care of a city twice the size of Kalamazoo. We are this year installing two standpipes of 50,000 gallons capacity each, for storage purposes, and to supply the elevated parts of the city. These standpipes will be supplied by electrically driven centrifugal pumps, which will furnish, when completed, a maximum of 9,000,000 gallons per day.” Mr. Watson may be seen standing on the left hand side in the illustration. He entered the service of the waterworks department in 1883 as fireman and advanced to the position of second engineer in 1886, and first engineer in 1889. He was appointed superintendent in May, 1911, and since taking charge of the plant he has advocated securing the supply from wells. His judgment in this respect has proved sound, as the operations so far show that the subterranean source is practically unlimited.