New York State Water News.
The proposition to install a waterworks system in Oakfield, N. Y., defeated by a vote of 76 against and 68 for it.
At Schenectady, N. Y., where a stream with a large flow of water has been discovered across the river from the pumping station by the workers on the barge-canal lock, 12,000,000 gal. have been pumped without seeming in the least to exhaust the stream, which, if the flow lasts, will come in handy for a city of over 150,000 inhabitants, who, among them, consume about 100,000,000 gal. daily.
Several recently appointed sergeants for the New York State board of water supply police have been receiving instructions from Chief Dougles McKay at headquarters in the State of New York Bank building, Kingston. They will be assigned to various points along the line of the waterworks aqueduct and at Brown’s Station. Several more will be instructed shortly before assignment. Chief McKay is a West Pointer.
Says the New York Tribune editorially: “Peculiar interest attaches to the decision of the Appellate division of the Supreme court in the Muscoot dam case, in that it seems to establish the proposition that it was possible for somebody to be more sluggish and dilatory in action than the aqueduct commission. That proposition is so astounding that it would be quite unbelievable on any less authority than that of a very high judicial tribunal.”
A Carthage, N. Y., dispatch says that since the statement was made that the village of West Carthage was using on an average of 180,000 gal. of water every day, which would figure out to an enormous consumption per capita, the authorities decided to make a test to endeavor to locate where the water was being used. Accordingly, they shut off the paper mills from using the water for a given length of time. During that time it was discovered that the residence section was using about 20,000 gal. a day and the inference is that the remainder of the water is being used by the large mills. As a result the mills will be metered.
Seneca Falls, N. Y., is trying to fix up an agreement with the local waterworks company. The pipes are to be thoroughly overhauled; iron pipes are to be substituted for concrete; the force-main from the standpipe to the pumping station will be enlarged to 14 in., and will be relaid with cast iron pipe. The company will also agree, so it is claimed, to establish an $18,000 filtration plant at the pumping station. The subject of fire pressure and kindred matters will also be attended to.
A St. George (S. I.) local paper, in commenting upon the insufficient water supply in Richmond borough, New York, says: “We come back, to our local and indigenous supply; and if the city ever takes possession of our water plants, and if the watersheds already tapped and in use are supplemented by wells driven to the subterranean stream, we shall be able to defy drought and uncertainty and do without extraneous piping. Will it ever happen?”
At Geneseo, N. Y., during 1908, 404,733 tons of water were lilted from Conesus lake and forced over the Haynes hill by pumping engines of the village waterworks. The elevation of Conesus lake above the level of the ocean is 814 ft.; and that of Haynes hill is 1,080—making a lift of 266 ft., with the added friction on the pipes, equal to 96 ft., which makes a total lift of 362 ft. to get the water in the reservoir. About ½ mile east of the village is the reservoir, which has a capacity of 2,000,000 gal. From the reservoir to Main street is a drop of 213 ft., which gives a pressure at this point of 90 lb. to the sq. in., sufficient to force the water over the highest building in the village of Geneseo. The lowest point is at Gilmore’s mill, located on the Genesee river, and, were it not for the regulators, a pressure of 182 lb. would be shown at this point.