Pressure Too High at Cleveland
The Cleveland, O., fire department is having the same trouble with its new high pressure water system that New York, Philadelphia and other departments had when they first used similar systems. The Cleveland system recently installed in the downtown section at a cost of $500,000, with 270 pounds pressure, is side-tracked and the old system used whenever possible, because of the danger from the great pressure of the new system. Firemen arc unable to control the high pressure and consequently prefer using smaller lines from engines. Purchase of controlling valves, to be used on the special-built high pressure hydrants, will be recommended.
The utilities commissioner, who has nothing to do with the fire department, says: “When we installed the new system we planned to use it as much on small fires as big ones. Our intention was to do away with engines in the downtown district as much as possible. The fire department doesn’t seem to avail itself of the added fire fighting power. Maybe the men can’t handle the 270-pound pressure. If they can’t, pressure valves to reduce the pressure will have to be purchased.”
Chief Wallace says it supplies too much water. “We don’t want to soak up things any more than we have to, so we use the steamers.”
The receipts of the Canton, O., water works department increased $14,298.19 during the past year or a percentage of 12.5. The total receipts for the year were $113,800 as against $99,501.97 for 1912. The revenues of the department have more than doubled since 1901. In that year $52,244 was taken in.