New Water Works Plant at Baldwin
Baldwin, L. I., N. Y., has installed a water works plant, which will afford adequate protection in case of fire and furnish water enough for all domestic and drinking purposes. The water is pumped from a pumphouse into a tank with a capacity of 102,370 gallons, and from the pumphouse to the tank have been laid 12 lines of pipe, which can shut off half way by a valve, so that the water may be pumped into the mains throughout the village independently of the tank, if necessary. The tank, which is roofed, is 110 feet to the balcony, to the tank proper, 146 feet 8 inches, From the ground to the bottom of the tank are 10 lengths of pipe, each length weighing 1,000 pounds, the piping being protected against frost by a casing of three thickness. Four supporting legs run up from a heavy concrete foundation to the balcony of the tank. The base is 6 feet deep, 4 feet 6 inches on the surface and 10 feet square on the bottom. Within the tank is an indicator and when it is filled to overflowing the fact is recorded in the pumphouse and the flow is stopped immediately. The legs of the tank are 39 feet apart, and one of them is so constructed as to be used as a ladder by means of which the extreme top of the tank is gained. On the bottom of the tank is a spherical compartment with an extra supply, if such is called for. If a big fire breaks out the water service can be readily supplied from the large tank, whose height and rapid flow afford sufficient pressure to deal with any fire. If, however, a conflagration is threatened, the pressure created by the pumping station pumping directly from the wells will be an added feature in the protection of the village. At present 29,600 feet of main is laid in Baldwin, as follows: Twelve-inch, 1,400 feet; 10-inch, 2,700 feet; 8-inch, 7,000 feet; 6-inch, 3,600 feet; 4-inch 8,700 feet. At present 55 hydrants are set, 65 will be added in the spring. In the powerhouse are two 25-horsepower, vertical engines, run either by gas or gasoline. These engines connect with two triplet pumps, each of 250-gallon capacity per minute. The pumphouse is built of cement blocks and is fireproof.