PUMPING ENGINE NOTES
A pumping station at Sylvania, Ala., was destroyed by a boiler explosion last week.
A committee has been appointed at Omaha, Neb., to purchase a site for a new water pumping station.
H. D. Watts, acting city engineer of Exeter, Cal., is superintending the work of innstalling the new pumps and motors of the Tulare municipal water works.
With the pumps of the water works frozen solid over night, the larger portion of the business part of the village of Trout Creek, Mich., was destroyed by fire of unknown origin one day last week.
The Porterville, Cal., city council has instructed J. E. Curd, water superintendent, and Irvin Althouse, city engineer, to submit at once to special election a bond issue in the sum of $15,000 for machinery and pumps for an auxiliary water plant.
Advertisements for bids for a 10,000,000-gallon pump, station meter, draft indicator and valve for the stand-pipe for Rock Island, Ill., has been authorized for the city water works. Specifications have been received from the consulting engineers at Chicago and a special meeting has been called to consider them.
A site for Toledo’s contemplated high pressure pumping station which will probably cost the city nothing, is being sought by Safety Director Kapp on a portion of an island owned by the Lake Shore Railroad. The design of an adequate modern and fully equipped station house, city morgue, fire engine house, etc., is urged.
A committee has been named at Council Bluffs, Ia., to purchase a site for a pumping station. It is proposed that a number of lots be purchased for the ultimate erection of a purifying plant. It is expected that the government will some day prohibit the dumping of sewage in the Missouri river, which would necessitate the erection of a rectifying plant.
The Davenport, Ia., city council has authorized the purchase of a ten million-gallon pump for its water system and bids will be advertised for two different types of pumps, one high duty reciprocated and the other of the turbine type. The Odine five million-gallon capacity pump will be reserved for use in possible emergencies. The Holly pump in use at present will be repaired. Bids will also be advertised at once for a 24-inch station meter for the purpose of measuring all water going out of the water works into the distributing system.
Contract has been awarded to the EppingCarpenter Pump Co., of Pittsburgh, for the delivery and successful operation of a 12,000,000gallon cross-compound crank and flywheel pumping engine for the Jacksonville, Fla., water works. This pump is to be erected on a foundation furnished by the city, to pump against a normal head of 65 pounds and a high pressure head of 150 pounds. The approximate cost of the pumping engine complete, delivered on the foundation, is $25,000. The engine is guaranteed to give duty of 150,000,000 foot pounds per 1,000 pounds of commercially dry steam at full load; 146,000,000 at three-quarter load; 139,000,000 at half load; 128,000,000 at quarter load. The foundation on which the pump is to be erected and the buildings in which it will be installed will be constructed by the local water department. There will be no engineer in charge of this installation, as the guarantee under which the pump was purchased is that the pump is to have one year of successful operation before acceptance.
The average total quantity of water used per day in Hamburg, Germany, for all purposes in 1912 was 136,886 cubic meters (177,998 cubic yards), all of which was supplied from the public water system. Of the above total amount 97.3 per cent was metered. The population of Hamburg in 1912 was 986,804, in 1913, 1,006,748. Of the total population, 99 per cent, was supplied with water. The foregoing facts have been supplied by the director of the public water works.