Oklahoma Waterworks.

Oklahoma Waterworks.

Oklahoma City owns her waterworks and it has been a paying proposition. The plant, including mains and meters, valued at $856,000, has been kept in the best of conditions. Mains have been extended as the growth of the city required, and at the same time revenue has been turned into the city treasury annually from water rent collections, although the price to consumers is placed at the lowest figures consistent with good business methods. The pumping plant has a capacity of 32,000,000 gallons per day, with an average daily consumption of 8,600,000 gallons. The equipment includes three 150-horse power boilers supplying steam for one Pratt pump with a daily capacity of 16,000,000; one Prescott with a capacity of 6,000,006; two Worthingtons with capacity of 3,000,000 each, and a low pressure pump which has 10,060,000 capacity. The water is pumped from a clear well of 1,500,000 capacity by direct pressure to consumers. The city owns 120 miles of water mains, to which extensions are being made constantly, and in all cases where a meter is desired it is furnished. The water supply is taken principally from the North Canadian river, but a series of deep wells furnish about 1,000,000 gallons per day additionally, and others are being drilled. Practically all of the equipment at the pumping station is new, having been purchased during the past five years, and is more than adequate for the present needs of the city. The waterworks has recently passed under the jurisdiction of the commissioner of public property, incident to the change in the form of city government, and with the application of business-like methods is rapidly becoming more and more valuable as a public asset.

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