New Wells at Franklin
Water has recently been turned into the city mains of Franklin, Pa., from the four new wells at the pumping station west of the town. It is believed that this will solve Franklin’s water problem. While creek water may have to be used while the wells are shut off for changes in pipe or for other reasons, the use of the creek supply regularly is a thing of the past. The fact that a sufficient supply of well water could be obtained on the flats at the pump station was discovered only a few months ago. When John E. Ritchey was given charge of the plant last winter he obtained the permission of council to drill a test well below the pump station. He got an abundant supply of water and after chemical and bacteriological tests had shown it to be safe, council voted to drill other wells. Five have been completed and four of these were connected with the mains a short time ago. They are producing about 650,000 gallons of water a day. It is the intention of the department to lay a 12-inch main, which will take care of 2,000,000 gallons a day, the estimated capacity of the five wells. It will not be necessary, however, to pump this much water every day, since the average daily consumption is only 1,500,000 gallons, and 11 old wells are producing half that quantity.