Owens Water for Los Angeles, Cal.
Los Angeles, Cal., expects to have water from the Owens river water shed by May 15. The aqueduct is about completed and soon the 40-inch mains, capable of carrying 26,000,000 gallons of water every 24 hours, will be connected with the city system. Coincident with this important announcement, Chief Engineer William Mulholland recently made this assertion: “Within three years from the time the aqueduct water is turned into the city’s mains—wholly irrespective of whatever revenue may be derived from the generation of power—the aqueduct will be on an investmentpaying basis, meeting, from the increased sale of water alone, the sinking fund and interest on the $24,500,000 aqueduct bonds outstanding.” The immediate returns to the taxpayers, who are now carrying the burden of the bonded indebtedness will come much sooner, in the opinion of Mulholland, for he says: “Within three months, even, the increased revenue to the water department will be paying a large share of the interest.” In making his estimate, Mullholland takes into consideration the increase in the territory served, and the acquisition of the privately owned plants on the edges of the city. The Public Service Commission now contemplates acquiring six privately owned distribution systems. The work of the Franklin tunnel line is completed and workmen are laying the pipe from the city limits to the tunnel line. There will be two gates for the purpose of serving the Hollywood district. The available supply will be 26,000,000 gallons per day from this source. By opening the gates at the point the line crosses the Los Angeles river, the supply of aqueduct water may be increased to 4,000 miner’s inches. The line crosses only about two miles above the headworks. where the water may be pumped from the river. The average amount of water consumed by the city at the present time is between 40,000,000 and 60,000,000 gallons per day, rising to even 80,000,000 gallons during the summer months.