PERTINENT PARAGRAPHS RELATING TO WATER SUPPLY
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The board of aldermen of Vaiden, Miss., has repealed an ordinance to authorize the issuance of bonds for the construction of waterworks in the town, the board having discovered errors in the ordinance, which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.