Newport, Ore., has signed a contract with Engineer George Lea for the construction of a gravity system at a cost of $13,150. The total cost of the system will be $30,000. The Portland Wood Pipe Company will furnish the pipe. Water will be brought from Blattner creek, a pure mountain stream, five miles north of the city.

It is suggested that the two bodies that have charge of the construction of the new water supply system for New York, the board of water supply and the aqueduct commission, could be advantageously consolidated and replaced by a bi-partisan board of four members. The legislative chapter commission will consider the proposed merger.

The board of aldermen of Vaiden, Miss., has repealed an ordinance to authorize the issuance of bonds for the construction of waterworks in the town, the board having discovered errors in the ordinance, which would have been fatal to the legality of the bonds. The bonds had been advertised to be sold at this meeting, and several bids had been received.

Articles of incorporation of the Cravens Percolating Pipe Line Waterworks Company, Provo, Wash., have been filed with the county clerk. Paysott is the principal place of business and the object is to develop and preserve certain percolating waters and distribute the same to the stockholders. The capital stock is $3,000 in shares of the par value of $35 each.

As a result of the work of the Inter-State Commission on the protection from pollution of the Ohio River, Dr. J. N. llurty, secretary of the Indiana State Board of Health, is preparing a report for Governor Marshall which will be submitted to the next Legislature with the recommendation that a bill be passed to prevent the further pollution of the river.

At a recent meeting of the town council of Greencastle, Pa., it was unanimously agreed to accept the Greencastle Water Company’s proposition to sell to the borough the water plant for $30,000. This action will have to be voted on at the February election and if not approved by the citizens of the town a syndicate of its citizens stands ready to purchase the plant.

The report of the treasurer of the New Brunswick, N, J., water commissioners showed that the receipts for the month of November amounted to $9,432.39, which, together with $8(50.93 cash on hand November t. makes the total cash $10,299.32. The disbursements during the month were $9,900.32. The cash on hand December 1 amounts to $399.32.

At a cost of $109,(K)0, Joliet, Ill., will install a high pressure water system for fire protection purposes. Water will be taken front the Desplaines River and a pumping station and system of ntains will be constructed that will make the concentration of eight streams at any desired point possible, without undue length of hose. Cost of operation will he defrayed by the city.

The destruction of the bridge, on which are carried the lines of pipe that bring water into Seattle, Wash., was threatened by the swollen Cedar River. The Chicago, Milwaukee and Paget Sound railroad had men and construction trains working night and day to strengthen the banks, so as to protect the bridge piers, and succeeded in averting the danger.

Denver, Colo., wants to give the Denver Union Water Company $7,000,000 for its plant out of $8,000,000 it proposes to raise on a bond issue for this purpose, the remaining $1,000,000 to be expended in improving the system. As the plant has been appraised at $14,400,000, this scheme mav fall through, in which case the city proposes to expend the entire $8,000,000 in the construction of a plant of its own.

Columbus. Ga., will soon have an abundant supply of artesian water, according to the report of the contractors of the Hudson Engineering Company, engaged in completing a number of wells just below the city limits. It is announced by the contractors that a test will be made for the purpose of ascertaining the capacity of the wells. It is claimed that they have a flow of 500,000 gallons daily.

A press dispatch says: Manager Clumpier, of the Vicksburg, Miss., Waterworks Company, offered to sell his plant to the city for $450,000, payable in bonds to run for a period of forty years, bearing 6¾ per cent, interest and subject to lien on the property. His proposition was unanimously rejected by the citizens’ committee, as they had figures to show that a plant could be constructed for $250,000.

St. George Water Company lias been organized with $50,000 capital, to supply the town of St. George, Knox county, Me., with water for domestic, sanitary, industrial and mechanical purposes, including the extinguishment of fires. George li. Allen, Camden, is president, and I. E. Archibald, St. George, treasurer, with Renel Robinson, of Camden, they constitute the board of directors.

The New York City Board of Estimate and Apportionment at a recent meeting approved the changed plan of the Board of Water Supply for the location of the principal distribution main of the Catskill Aqueduct supply of water, making it certain that the water will be delivered in Manhattan and Brooklyn in a tunnel about six hundred feet below the surface with uptakes about four thousand feet apart.

Carthage, Mo., is making hurried preparations to supply itself with water. A copious source of supply is available, pumps are being installed, pipes laid and material stocked, so that the fact of the water company winning its suit in the courts and carrying out its threat to shut down, will subject the population to the least possible inconvenience. For the present, the greater part of Carthage is without fire protection.

Present indications point to the construction of a new waterworks plant by the city of Trenton, X. J. The lowest valuation of the company’s plant is $109,340.42, while their own engineers add $77,639.40 to those figures. Consulting Engineer Potter estimates the cost of modeling the present plant to meet the needs of the town at $50,000, while a new system could be constructed for $130,271.72, according to his figuring.

Passaic, N. J., has solved its water supply problem by signing a contract with the old purveyor, the Acquackanonk Water Company, to furnish a supply until the water contract pending with Jersey City can be completed. While blasting on his property near Laona a farmer operated a little too near the water main that supplies Fredonia, N. Y., with water. The main is out of business, and pending repairs Fredonia is short of water.

The installation for the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. N. Y., of a salt-water main system for fire protection purposes at a cost of $1,500,000 is seriously contemplated. It was at first thought that the Flatbush Water Company would resist the innovation, but its officers say that as long as their privilege of furnishing the domestic supply for the section is not encroached upon they have no objection.

The waterworks plant at Greenville, Tex., has leen closed down and the remainder of the water in the reservoir will be kept for fire protection. The plant has been furnishing water to the patrons only one hour each day for the past •month or two. The rains which have fallen have not been sufficiently heavy to put any water in Sabine river, which water is pumped into the reservoir.

Although there was at no time any danger of a water shortage in Newark, N. J.. during the recent dry spell, Chief Engineer Morris R. Sherrerd, in charge of the city’s water supply plant, welcomed the late rainfall, which increased the stored supply 400,000.000 gallons, leaving absolutely no room for concern on the part of the public, although, owing to the magnitude of its industrial interests, Newark uses an immense quantity of water.

Superintendent of Water Woolman. of San Diego, Cal., reports that for the eleven months of the current year, ending November 30, the department has a net balance of $17,572 to its credit. JTe is in favor of the plan of having the city own its entire water system. His proposed plan is to have the city vote bonds for the purchase of the entire plant owned by the Southern California Mountain Water Company, from which San Diego now purchases its water at the low rate of 4 cents a thousand gallons.

The special committee on waterworks reported to the Stillwater, Minn., city council that Oscar Clausen, of St. Paul estimated the cost of constructing a new plant at $139,483 and the value of the old plant at $109,716. These figures are exclusive of the value of water supply and connections for service to consumers. The* offer of the company to sell to the city at $175,000 was rejected and the special committee was directed to make further negotiations for municipal ownership.

From present indications Menominee, Wis., will next year take steps to purchase the plant of the Menominee Water Company. The company’s franchise will run out at that time and before grainting a new one the city has the right to purchase the plant if it sees fit to do so. Some time ago the Menominee council took steps to purchase the plant but when the matter came to an election, the people of the city voted against the proposition. If the city does not purchase this time they will not have an opportunity to do so again for several years to come.

The half-million dollar bond issue bill, passed by the council of Atlantic City, N. J., and signed by the mayor for the purpose of acquiring land for the new water main and buying the county watershed, is defective and will have to be thrown out of council and a new bill introduced, passed and signed. The ordinance calls for bonds maturing in 36 years, when it should have read 35 years, the period of years upon which the interest and all other details were based by council, and the mistake was only accidentally discovered by an official.

The Board of Water Commissioners of Kansas City, Kan., has announced its opposition to the proposed introduction in council of an ordinance providing for a reduction of the minimum rate, for 2,800 gallons or less a month, from seventy to fifty cents, and the reduction of meter deposits from $2 to $1.50. They claim that there are a great many repairs, extensions and improvements to be made and that they have made their plans figuring upon a basis of the income to be derived from the present rates. A change would necessitate a complete reorganization of all the plans for improvements.

At a special meeting of the Girard, O., council, held recently, the waterworks system, just completed, was formally accepted by the village, and a resolution passed under suspension of rules authorizing the village treasurer to return to the promoters the $2,000 deposit, with accrued interest. Council’s action was based on the satisfactory test made by the water company, but the resolution in nowise releases the company from any terms of the contract which may not as yet be fulfilled. It was agreed by council and Mr. Rawson, of the water company, that the water rentals should not begin until January 1, 1910.

In order to enable the city of Marquette, Mich., to raise the funds needed to make the improvements deemed necessary in the waterworks plant, it is proposed to submit an amendment to the city charter to the popular vote, providing that a majority of those voting at a bonding election shall he sufficient, instead of a majority of all the electors in the city, as the present charter reads. The proposed amendment also changes the bonding limit from a flat $200,000 to 3‘/> per cent, of the assessed valuation. The present limit, $200,000. represents a little more than 3 per cent, of the assessed valuation. The board of water commissioners has decided to accept the proposition of the Duluth Engineering Company for several sets of plans, specifications and estimates for improving the present waterworks system.




Not many citizens of Brooklyn, N. Y., are aware that in Forest Park the city owns a completely equipped pumping plant, capable of delivering 10,000,000 gallons of water a day. Its use is blocked by the Long Island railroad, which refuses permission to pass under its property and tracks for the pipe that would carry this water to the city pumping station at East New York. The Forest Park plant has been idle for two years.

State Geologist W. H. Sellards is collecting data for a complete map of the subterranean water strata of the State of Florida. Some of the towns of the state discharge their sewerage into subterranean streams and an important part of the geological survey work will be to ascertain if there is any danger of towns in the lower part of the state tapping these streams for their water supply. So far, no such cases have been discovered.

As a revenue producer, the Wilmington, Del., water department, according to a statement made by Chief Engineer Kienlc, at the meeting of the commissioners, is a very valuable asset for the city. Taking up last year’s report, he said it cost the department $21.65 to pump 1,000,000 gallons of water, while the city derived therefrom a revenue of about $60, the total revenue from rents being about $213,000 out of a total income of $225,000.

Brookline, Mass., will have, next summer, x reservoir of 4,000,000 gallons capacity on Cabot’s Hill for its water supply, in place of the present 350,000-gallon storage. The board voted $100,000 for its construction. The new reservoir will be 134 feet in diameter, and 24.5 feet high. The base is 4 feet thick, with steel braces every 15 feet. The cover will be constructed of cement and steel, and will be supported by several piers of cement 15 feet apart.

At a special meeting of the Board of Water Commissioners, of Perth Amboy, N. J., at which the Woodbridge township committeemen .and a number of Keasbey property owners were* present, the application of the Woodbridge township committee that Keasbey be supplied with water, was granted. The contract states that water is to be supplied at meter rates and that the township committee shall furnish all necessary pipes, meters and so forth, and is good for one year, subject to renewal.

According to the report of the water superintendent of Colorado Springs, Colo., the total earnings of the city’s water system for 1908 were $204,572.41. Deducting expenditures, the net cash earnings amounted to $33,919.86, besides which there was furnished free to the park system, fire department, public institutions, churches and for various other purposes water estimated at the value of $61,391.79. The report further shows that rates in Colorado Springs are considerably lower than in either Denver or Pueblo.

The fire commissioners of Erie, Pa., propose to find out whether the theatres of the city, having a seating capacity of about 1,000 persons, will be required to employ an efficient fireman at afternoon and evening entertainments. At their last meeting they instructed the clerk to communicate with the city solicitor and the chief fattorinspector of the state, asking for an opinion as to whether or not the new state law govern ing theatres compels the owners to have regular theatre firemen on duty at every performance.

The action of the company that supplies Beloit, Wis., with water, in threatening to shut the water off from the city’s fire hydrants unless a disputed hydrant rental is paid, has led the local board of insurance agents to file a protest with the State Rate Commission against such a proceeding. The protest is backed with the threat that if this course is pursued by the water company every insurance policy in the city will be cancelled. [This is all very well, but hasn’t the company rights that should be respected?—Ed.]

Such a display of public spirited liberality as is reported from East Hampton. Conn., is rare in these prosaic and somewhat selfish times Here is the Summit Thread Company, which has just set up a big elevated tank to furnish water pressure, offering to give the town connections with it for a pipe to run to a central point, to it for a pipe to run to a centra point, to supply A committee has been appointed to make arrangements to take advantage of the company’s offer.

Some time ago the Roanoke Gas and Water Company, purchased in the vicinity of Roanoke, Va., a spring with a flow of 2,250,000 gallons of water a day, but did not intend to develop it until next year. Lately they decided to go to work and are now laying a pipe line to the spring. The line will be 13,000 feet long, and will cost $25,000. The spring is only 26 feet below the level of the reservoir, and a pump of only small power will be required to handle the new water supply.

The massive $3,000 concrete dam in Buck creek that is to make a water famine in Springfield, Ohio, an impossibility for the next century, is completed. Superintendent George Cotter of the waterworks department, measured the water in Buck creek at the place where it will flow over the dam and found that 34,000,000 gallons of water will pass through the creek at that point every twenty-four hours. This is more than enough to supply the city of Cincinnati and have some left.

For the sum of $2,000, the Suffey Petroleum Company, of Bayonne, N. J., has granted unto the Hudson County Water Company the right and privilege of constructing, maintaining and operating two iron or steel pipes for the transportation of water, each thirty inches in diameter through over and under their lands located on the easterly line of Ingham avenue and under the waters of the Kill von Kull to the exterior line for piers. At the easterly line of Ingham avenue connection will be made with the other pipe line of the water company.

Union fire company, of Reading, Pa., expects its new Metropolitan steamer on the 9th inst. It is a third-size steamer, equipped with a Fox sectional water tube boiler. Its rated nominal capacity is 600 gallons per minutes. The bore of the pumps is 4½ by 7-inch stroke and the diameter of steam cylinder 7j4 inches. The boiler is 32 by 62 inches, with a heating surface of 185 square feet. The engine is also equipped with all of the latest devices, such as the marvel mechanical oiler, three-way compression grease cup and the international expanding ring brake.

Although by the “referendum” vote the proposed issue of bonds to the amount of $20,000 for essential repairs to the waterworks of Bloomington, 111., was defeated, the city officials propose to begin them at once, under the emergency provision of the municipal charter. The water plant, according to Mayor Edmonson and city officials, is in so much need of repair in order to bring it up to the highest standard of efficiency, that it becomes necessary to begin work soon, or a new plant will have to he installed.

Des Moines, Iowa, firemen want the council to grant them one day’s rest in four. Chief Will Burnett, who says tie was not approached on the proposition of shorter working hours before the men went to the council, says he will need at least twenty more firemen if they get what they ask. That would mean an additional cost of $20,000 annually to the department. Each of the firemen receives $1,000 a year after he has been on the department twelve months. The expenses of conducting that department during the last fiscal year were $132,550.38.

The high pressure fire main system of Philadelphia, Pa., is being extended, as planned by Chief Baxter, of the fire bureau, to give protection to the neighborhood of Broad and Callowhill streets, where many garages are situated. When completed, it will be used as a connecting link between the central and the northeast system. The latter is now about two-thirds completed. ami will give protection to the city between Cumberland and Master streets. Sixth street gad the Delaware river, The system will consist of a reservoir at Sixth and Lehigh avenue, with a capacity of 4,962,000 gallons.

A year ago, when workmen were painting the big elevated water tank, that holds the reserve supply of the Glencoe, Minn., water system, they noticed that the hoops were badly corroded and notified the officials to that effect. Nothing was done, however, and one day last week the tank burst, the escaping water ruining two residences and injuring a woman who happened to be passing. She saw the lower hoop giving way and ran for safety but was overtaken and dashed with great violence to the ground. The siding was stripped from one house and carried away for several blocks.

Knoxville, Tenn., draws its water supply from the Tennessee river and is just now considerably exercised at the action of a tannery at Newport, which is discharging its drainage into the French Broad River, a tributary of the Tennessee. The tannery refuse is heavily charged with the leachings from the tan pits and, as a consequence, tannic acid and organic impurities are discharged into the river in such quantities as to kill the fish. Much of the impurity is removed by the filtration plant, but the water still shows the pressence of tannic acid and the question whether this is not injurious to health is disturbing the Knoxville Water Commission.

According to a decision of the State auditor’s office the city of Marshalltown is legally able to transfer that idle sum of $15,200 from the bond sinking fund to the general waterworks fund, according to information given by the State auditor’s office, from which the examination of city accounts is made. The money has been in a fund that was not legally created, and was to have been used for payment of bonds in the waterworks department. For two years it has drawn no interest, and the council has feared to order a transfer. The money will be used in paying for the new concrete dam and retaining walls, now being built at a cost of $33,000.

The Ashtabula, Ohio, Water Company, in the franchise presented to the city council, ask a 10-cent increase in the rates to be charged consumers. The present rate is 20 cents per 1,000 gallons, when the amount used is between 1,000 and 3,000 gallons daily. Other rates are also changed. The flat rate for private residences by the year is lifted as follows: For six rooms or less, from $5.10 per year to $6; for seven rooms, from $5.95 to $7; for eight rooms or more, from $6.80 to $8. It is stated that the water company representatives feel that recent improvements made in the installation of a filtration plant and larger mains justify the increased rates.

The public Water Company will sell its Ottumwa plant to the city of Ottumwa, la., for the sum of $275,000, plus the rentals, aggregating some $13,000, now held by the ciy for alleged violation of the franchise of the company. The city council of Ottumwa offers the sum of $235,000 flat, not including the rentals now being held, for the plant. The Public Water Company will, in all probability, make a compromise proposition to the city with the figure for the plant placed at about $250,000. The council will consider this expected offer and, if acceptable, a petition signed by 200 voters will be filed, requesting a special election to ratify or reject the action of the council.

The water committee of the council of Oklahoma City, Okla., has decided to authorize an important change in the conduct ,of the city’s water department business. The new system will enable monthly collections for water rentals to be made instead of quarterly payments as have been the rule in the past. It provides for a card index system for handling the separate accounts of the 7,000 consumers in the city, thus obviating much delay occasioned by the cumbersome book system now being used. A daily ledger sheet system is a part of the whole, and the department will be able to have its accounts up to the minute so that none need be kept waiting. This will save much time and annoyance on the part of the public as well as of the department.