Parkersburg, W. Va., has decided to employ Morris Knowles to make a thorough examination of the pumping station and the present waterworks system, with a view to improving the supply.

At Cincinnati, Ohio, the California pumping station cost $800,000 to build; the main pumping station on Eastern avenue, $725,000; the Western Hills station, $100,000. Four triple-expansion pumping engines at the California station for the filtration plant cost $900,000 and were built by the Camden, N. J.. Iron Works. At the main station the pumping machinery was built by the Holly Manufacturing company, at a cost of $900,000. There are three high service engines, each of 12,000,000-gal. capacity and three low-pressure service engines, each with a daily capacity of 25,000,000 gal. At the Western Hills station are installed two Snow engines, each with a capacity of 2,500,000 gal. daily.

Reports from Waterbury, Conn., say that the plans of the special water committee, in case a pumping station has to be established there, have been made known, and all preliminary details in relation to the erection of the plant have been carried out. Once the order of the board of public works to proceed with the work has been received, Superintendent Kennedy will start to pump water into the city’s mains. The station, if ordered, will be erected on the site of the old plant, near Mad river bridge on the Plank road, at Harper’s Ferry, so called. Instead of pump ing directly from the river at this point, however, it is proposed to carry the water from the dam north of the plant of the Mattatuck company by means of a chute. The dam is much higher than the station, and the water, it is expected, will flow down through the trough without the necessity of pumping. At the station will be a pump well, and the water will be pumped from the well into an 18-in. main, which runs though the Plank road and at present connects the city with the distributing reservoir at East Mountain.

At Augusta, Ga., the strong competition which developed in the letting of the contract for the new’ auxiliary steam pump to be stationed near the present pump, saved the city not less than $5,000 on the price of the pump. The contract for the pump went to the WilsonSnyder company for $10,825, and $3,388 wil 1 be paid the Lombard Iron Works for the boiler. The building for the machinery and the installation of the machines, it is estimated, will make the total cost of the pumping outfit reach from $32,000 to $35,000—a saving on the estimated cost of about $7,000. The building for the machinery will cost about $10,000, as it will be of brick, with an exceptionally heavy foundation. • The pumping engines will weigh about 300,000 lbs., which calls for a very safe foundation.

An official test has been made of the 12,000,ooo-gal. pump at Montreal, Que. The engine is a Worthington triple-expansion horizontal pump. It is a duplex pump, having two sets of three steam cylinders each, six in all, and two sets of water-cylinders. These work, side by side. This engine has a contract rated capacity of 12,000,000 Imperial gal. per twentyfour hours, or 500,000 gal. per hour, and lifts this amount of water to a height of 208 ft. into the reservoir at McTavish street. The total cost of the pump will be $60,000. The pump could fill the McTavish reservoir in two days.

Five bids have been submitted at San Francisco, Cal., for the steam turbines and pumps for the two fin-boats and the shore pumping stations which are to form important features of the auxiliary fire protection system. Tile bidders were a-, follows: the D’Olier Engineering com pany of Philadelphia; the Byron Jackson Iron Works, local; the Allis Chalmers company, Mil wankee; the General Electric company and the Westinghouse Machine company the first named being the lowest bidder and the Ryron Jackson company the next lowest. The award of the contract will be made later. The total amount asked by the D’Olier Engineering company was $192,520, the estimated cost, according to the figures prepared by the city engineer’s office, being $257,01×1. The bid was submitted upon units of apparatus to be furnished, each of these units consisting of a steam turbine engine and a pump Two units are to be provided for each of the two fireboats making four in all for the vessels, and for each of these four the lowest bidder asks $12,1×15. There are also eighteen similar units to be installed in the two land pumping stations, and for eight of these the D’Olicr company demanded $8,125, and for the remaining ten, $7,950 each. One of the pumping stations is to handle salt water and the other fresh.




Traverse City, Mich., is about to install new pumping machinery.

Hibbing. Minn., is about to install a $3,000 airlift pumping system.

The waterworks system of Beaver, Pa., is to be improved by the addition of a 1,000,000-gal. and a 500,000-gal. pump.

If Jamestown. N. Dak., improves its waterworks system, as it most probably will, and electric pump will be installed.

At Galveston. Tex., the work on the pumping station at the waterworks is being completed and promises to be satisfactory.

At Des Moines, la., the contract for the new pumps was awarded to the Erie City Iron Works, of Erie, Pa., the contract price being $26,720.

The T. J. Backus Construction company has been awarded a contract at $8,700 for the erection of the North Dayton pumping station. The company’s bid was the lowest.

The two low bidders for the foundations and well of the new Roseland pumping station, Chicago, 111, were the Parker Washington company, with $46,000, and George Jackson, Incorporated, with $48,000.

The pumps to be installed in the new waterworks station at Chicago, Ill., will have a capacity of about 100,000,000 gal. daily. This is expected to afford an ample supply to Lake View and Rogers Park residents.

Tucson, Ariz., has received a new pump, with capacity for handling 4,000,000 gal. a day, as an addition to the municipal water supply system. This will bring up the total pumping capacity of the local works to 13,000,000 gal. daily.

At Duluth, Minn., a pumping plant has been built at Sixth street and Forty-fifth avenue west, where the large main of the city water system ends, consists of two centrifugal, electric-driven pumps, with a joint capacity of 6,000 gal. a minute.

Superintendent Glazier, of Newport, Ky., reports that the remodeling made necessary at the pumphouse as a result of the fire there has been completed at a cost of $8,900. He further states that the pumps are in better condition now than they have been for many vears. The average daily consumption of water was 2.182.000 gal.

Dr. Albert Calmet, a Parisian authority on sanitary matters and a delegate from France to the recent Tuberculosis congress at Washington, D. C., after a visit to Cincinnati’s new waterworks and filtration plant at Carrollton, said it was a great improvement over that of Paris, and that the health of the city would be greatly improved by its use. He stated that in the Paris filtration plant were found some minute animalcule that made their way through the sand, and, as yet there had been no way found to better the svstem so as to get rid of these creatures. The Cincinnati system, so far as he had seen, is not open to that objection, and he thought the city bad the best sandfiltration system known to science and not likely to have the same trouble as Paris.

Hamilton, Ont., has opened bids for pumping machinery and electric motors for it. The following tenders for motors were received: General Electric company., 666 r. p. m., $11,300; General Electric company, 800 r.p.m.. $10,300; General Electric company, Sweden, 666, $11.’00; General Electric company, Sweden, 800, $10,900; Allis-Chalmers Bullock company, 666, $11,750; Allis-Chalmers Bullock company, 666, $11,750: Westinghouse company, 666. $tt,734: Westinghouse company. 800. $9,570.The Westinghouse tender for the 800 revolution ner minute motor was accepted, as well as the McDougal tender for pumps, subject to the approval of the engineer. For the pumps the tenders were as follows; Canada Foundry company. Son r.p.m.. $9,000; Buffalo Pump company. 666. $8,500: Buffalo Pump company, 800. $7,600; McDougal company. Montreal. 666. $10,632: McDougal company, Montreal. 800, $v.220. Chief Ten Eyck was authorized to go ahead with the electrical requirements for the new east end station at a cost of $693.69.

Houston. Tex., has received the following bids for the complete installation of a 15.000,000-gal. pumping engine at the water plant: Bethlehem Steel company, Keystone building, Pittsbur”, Pa. (seven bids), vertical, triple-expansion, $83,839, $73,083. $71,306; horizontal compound, $40,530: vertical, triple-expansion, sole-plate and “K” brace, $89,430; same, type $78,385; same type, $75,906. A. M. Lockett & Co.. New Orleans. La. (two bids), vertical, triple-expansion. Holly. $76.595: horizontal-compound. Snow. $38,744. Nordbere Manufacturing company. House building. Pittsburg (two bids), horizontal-compound, $17.313horizontal, triple-expansion. $54,915. AllisChalmers company. Milwaukee, Wis. (four bids), vertical, triple-expansion, $96 300: same type, $80 -TOO ; same tvpe. $84,215: horizontal-compound. $$33.7.30 Wisconsin Engine company, vertical, irinle-exoansion. $04,000. The Nordh’-rg Manufacturing company stipulated that, if the pump is connected with present Worthinpton pump, the discharge pipe would be ,30-in., and auxiliary discharge 20-in., and. if connected independently, discharge-nipe would be 36 in. and $500 would be deducted from total price.