New Water System for Port Arthur
C. C. Crewe, of Elmira, N. Y, a civil and hydraulic engineer, is in Port Arthur, Tex . to determine the feasibility, cost and type of conduit for pipe line, pumping plant and storage of a system intended to be able to put 12,000,000 gallons of water into Port Arthur daily, The city is at present using 1,000.000 gallons a day, but the plans are to cover delivery of 12 times that quantity to provide for growth of the city. According to the instruction of C. C. Gates, Engineer Crewe will make separate reports on four different types of pipe line. Estimates of cost of installation, adaptability and durability will be made on cast iron, reinforced concrete, redwood and cypress. The two last named are stave pipes, shipped in shook and assembled in the trench, much as one would make a barrel. The cypress would have to come from Louisiana, the redwood from the only available place. California. The plans arc to cover 2,000,000 gallons new storage, which will be in the shape of low stand pipes of great diameter, one of these to be at the well at Port Neelies, the other at the reservoir north of the city. The plan is to utilize the present reservoir facility, which gives 30,000,000 gallons storage, but to hold this as an emergency supply, using delivery straight and fresh from the well into the city mains with the 2,000,000-gallon tanks mentioned as relief in case it was found necessary to shut off well delivery temporily. Mr. Crewe has been retained by the Gates interest to make a study of the pipe line situation here and to report on cost of installation and such other matters as are incident to installation. When this report is in, which will require some time yet, Mr. Gates will be in position to make a statement to the city as to what he will be able to do in the matter.