Olean Pumping Station
The water commission of Olean, N. Y., recently decided to locate the new pumping station on the north side of the river instead of on the south. The need of the station on the north side of the river is imperative, according to the members of, the board, for the reason that the ’wells with one exception from which the city draws its supply of water at present are all located on the north side of the river and that any accident to the single suction line which crosses the stream might leave the city in a very serious situation. It is stated that while the new station will be in the nature of insurance against accident, there is also a strong economic reason for having a pump station in closer proximity to the wells; that the loss of efficiency in the pumps by reason of the friction through the long line leading from the wells to the south side pumping station could be largely eliminated in case the station were located nearer to the source of the water supply. There is every probability that when the new building is erected it will be near the river and on the Ibts already owned by the city. Since the substitution of electricity for steam, poorer in operating the pumps the need of -as large a station as that now in use has passed. A smaller structure will be adequate to house the centrifugal pumps which are used and a rough estimate of the cost of the entire improvement was at $10,000.