Preliminary Report on Aeration at Fort Worth
In a preliminary report on the aeration of the water supply of Fort Worth, Tex., Holman & Baird, consulting engineers, have recon. mended the construction of an aerating basin at the foot of the Lake Worth dam and an additional basin of similar construction in connection with the Holly plant, which will be necessary when the water in the lake is low or has a high percentage of vegetable extracts. This additional basin will be available for handling water from the Clear Fork, should the Fort Worth supply ever be cut off. If there should be insufficient space for piping and jets in connection with the basin at the foot of the dam, a cooling tower may be erected. Water Commissioner Blanke has been experimenting with a cooling tower for some time and has perfected one which he claims will answer the purpose. The tower which Commissioner Blanke advocates is crossed with 1/4-inch mesh galvanized iron wire placed thirty inches apart, and the ventilators which permit the air to circulate through the water thus broken into spray are placed at intervals of six inches. Such a tower would cost about $3,206. The artesian water supply of Fort Worth gets a thorough aeration through the air lift from the wells. It is only the surface water which requires treatment.