Plans for Little Falls Water Works Improvements
Referring to the fact that owing to the payment of $14,642 for four farms which were contracted for during 1920 and also for the retiring of a $10,000 bond, the board of water commissioners of Little Falls, N. Y., in their latest annual report suggest that as the funds for water works construction and maintenance will be somewhat depleted the work for the ensuing year must be planned with a view of deriving the most benefit from a smaller expenditure than usual. The report continues: “Foremost are the maintenance and repairs to the system as it now is, especially repairs to the distribution part. Any backward movement in maintenance is accumulating trouble for the future, even though benefits may be derived through new construction or necessary additions. This work includes the continuous maintenance in efficient order of hydrants, relief and shut-off valves and the searching for and repair of leaks. Parallel with this stands the sanitary condition of the water supplied. Sanitation should come first, but without the supply it would be of little avail. The state health department has made three very important recommendations, two of which, the building of a by-pass around the distribution reservoir and the construction of a filter plant to filter all sources of supply, can hardly be financed this year. The third recommendation, namely, that an auxiliary chlorinator be placed at the distribution reservoir, should be carried out. The present chlorinator is now giving good service, but were it to fail in such a way that repair would take some time, the result might be very harmful to the city. This has happened in several cities and has brought severe criticism on those in charge. A second chlorinator in reserve would always assure a safe supply.
The quantity of supply is ample and will remain so, as long as the city retains both the Beaver and Spruce Creek supplies, while at the same time a decrease in consumption can be obtained through the complete metering of the system and the continuous watch for leaks. Many cities, in both the east and the west, are suffering today through deferred maintenance for the past five years, from both the scarcity and quality of water, and during the financing of the needed improvements and the accumulative deferred maintenance, it is doubtful if some can maintain a sufficient supply. This applies to private and municipal plants, mostly in manufacturing centers, and it is said of many cities: ‘The inadequacy of water involves both quantity and quality of supply. The danger stage in many water plants is being approached in one or the other of these aspects or both.’ When this condition is understood and it is realized this city has a good, sufficient supply one that is good as to quality, while at the same time this quality can be improved at a comparatively reasonable cost, it can be seen that any belittling of the system is unwarranted and that with the conserving of what is now owned by the city and the continual bettering of sanitary conditions, the city will always be amply protected. The system was designed by Stephen E. Babcock, and has remained in the past and does now remain a credit to him.”
A resolution of the city council of Barberton, Ohio, providing $7,500 for an extension to the water service in North Barberton has been vetoed by Mayor Decker on the ground that the proposed bond issue for improving the water service of the city will cover the expense and that the money appropriated from the general fund to extend water lines should be returned when the proposed bonds are issued. The mayor said: “This resolution should provide that the money appropriated is taken temporarily and shall later be included in the proposed bond issue, and the money refunded to the general fund upon the sale of bonds. I would recommend that a resolution be prepared authorizing the appropriation of money for water main extensions with the provision for the refunding of the money as soon as the bonds are sold.” Following the suggestion contained in the veto the council passed a new resolution to extend and lay water mains in North Barberton.