New Water System for LaGrange

New Water System for LaGrange

A contract for the installation of a new water works, to cost over $125,000, will shortly be let by the city of LaGrange, Ga. The contract for the valves and hydrants have already been let to The Columbia Iron Works at Chattanooga, and the pipe to the United States Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry Company of Chattanooga, and the General Pipe and Foundry Company of Atlanta. The plans for the plant were designed by J. N. Hazlehurst, of Atlanta, a water works construction engineer, and the system is to give LaGrange pure water and an adequate supply not only for domestic, but also for fire extinguishing purposes. The source of the water supply will be at Long Cane Creek about three and a half miles from the city. From the intake it will flow through a distance of some 200 yards by gravity to the pumping station. The water is conveyed from the pumping station to the filtering station, a distance of a mile and a half, by a twelve inch main. This pipe was laid some time ago, when the city was threatened with a severe drought. Water will be pumped from the Long Cane station to the filtering station at a rate of 1,000,000 gallons per 24 hours. A meter will be placed between the pumping station and the filtration plant. At the standpipe there will be installed in the line an electrically operated hydrant valve. By means of a switch high pressure will be delivered to the mains at all parts of the city in case of fire. In some places the pressure will be as high as 135 pounds. On the square the fire pressure will be about 85 to 90 pounds. In this way the city will be afforded satisfactory fire protection and with a 2,000,000 gallon pump and the capacity of the present plant ample water will be furnished in the most remote parts of the city for four 1⅝ inch fire streams. The present system comprises approximately eight miles of mains. It is planned to remove about four miles of the present system and augment the same with twelve miles of new mains which will give the city a distributing system of about 16 miles.

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