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.



Marion, Ind., is installing electric pumps at its water works station.

Mount Pleasant, Ia., has awarded a contract for a pressure pump for its water system.

Clintonville, Wis., is to purchase new machinery for its water and electric light plant.

The new air pressure pump at the Leon, Ia., pumping station is now in operation and is proving highly satisfactory.

Auburn, Neb. is constructing a station for its new water works pump and other machinery now in process of construction.

The Toledo, O., city council is considering the purchase of the boiler plant for a pumping station for the new high pressure water system.

The high efficiency of the Macon, Ga., filtered water will be lifted so that the purest water in the world will be sifted by the installation of the new electrical pump at Tufts Springs.

The report of F. J. Postel, of Moline, Ill., on improvements at the water works plant has been accepted by the commission in so far as it covers the economy of keeping the present Holly pump in operation. The commission, however, is in favor of a new million-gallon pump and decided that the need of a new pump would be investigated further. More data is necessary before any definite action may be taken.

The committee of the Pattern Makers’ Association of Providence, R. I., which has been endeavoring to induce the Board of Contract and Supply to award the contract for the new $100,000 pumping engine to some local concern, believe that the Board should not be so secret in its deliberations and that each member of the board should make known his individual opinion as to patronizing the home market.

The old pumping station at Dothan, Ala., which has been in service eight years, has been abandoned, and the work of supplying the city with water transferred to the new plant, just completed at a cost of $100,000. The machinery of the old plant will be removed. A 200-kilowatt generator, an 800-gallon pump and 800-foot air compressor and a 300 horsepower boiler will be moved to the new plant. The balance of the equipment will be sold.

On account of the necessity of securing more water from the big well the Jefferson, Ia., city council has purchased a Downey duplex pump, which is to be installed in place of the “air lift” as soon as proper arrangements are completed. The duplex is a deep well plunger pump and has a capacity of 7,000 gallons per hour, more than double what can now he secured by the air lift. It is sold to the city on a positive guarantee for a term of five years against all defects in the working apparatus. In the smaller well a “steam head” will be put in and same retained for emergency purposes.

The board of contract and supply of Providence, R. I., on December 15, received the recommendations of the city engineer regarding the awarding of the contract for the new 30,000,000gallon pump for the Pettaconsett pumping station, and laid the matter of award on the table until December 29. Resolutions and petitions relative to having the pump made in Providence, adopted by labor organizations, were received, hut as six months has been spent in tabulating the bids received last spring members hold out little hope for any change in the original plans of the board. The bids submitted cover three different types of pump, two steam-operated engines and one electric machine. The seven bidders are the Alberger Pump and Condensing Company, Providence Engineering Works. Manistee Iron Works Company, Bethlehem Steel Company, Narragansett Electric Lighting Company. Holly Manufacturing Comnany, William Todd Company and the Fuller Iron Works. The bid of the Bethlehem Steel Company has been withdrawn.

In digging the foundation for the new pump to be installed at the Raleigh. N. C, water works plant the site of the old wheel that was useo many years ago in running the pump was located. Parts of the base of the wheel were recovered. When the plant was first put into operation the pumps were worked by water-wheel and most of the mains were wooden ones.