Calgary, Alberta, is installing a 10,000,000-gallon pump for pumping from the Bow river.
Orlando, Fla., is about to install for its new water works system a pump with a capacity of 2,500,000 gallons a day. This will be the third pump installed.
The pumping machinery at Tulsa, Okla., is as follows: Allis-Chalmers, valued at $20,000; Platt, $10,000; Snow pumps (two), $10,000; boilers (two), $6,000; feed pump and pipe fittings, $2,000; station house, $8,200.
If the effectiveness of a well equipped with a compressed air lift system is demonstrated at Fon du Lac. Wis., all the wells in the immediate neighborhood of the pumping station will be similarly equipped. Two of four wells sunk at points distant from the pumping station will remain equipped with the present electric pumps and operated only in case of emergency.
At an estimated expense of something like $1,000,000, Chicago can have an independent high pressure system to replace the inadequate water supply with which the city’s fire department has to fight big fires downtown. The same system could also he extended to the stock yards at a cost of $1,000,000. In that case it would take in the business district also. The independent system would also supply hydrants at a pressure of 200 pounds per square inch—that supplied by the steam fire engines to-day.
Montreal, Que., is increasing its daily pumping capacity. The new pump No. 6, just installed, will bring the pumpage up to 60,000.000 gallons, as against 45.000.000. By next June or before that date, a new building will be erected in which a 16,000,000-gallon pump will take the place of one whose capacity is 7,000,000. bringing the capacity up to 65,000,000 gallons daily, and in about two months after that will follow the installation of pump No. 8. by which the daily capacity will be brought up to 77,000.000 gallons.
The new 8.000,000-gallon Snow pump at the Broadway station. Council Bluffs, la., is in place, and will he started as soon as the necessary connections are made. At the river pumping station the electric pump, after running for over 24 hours, was stopped by ice, which had clogged up the heavy guard net just outside of the pumphouse on the suction pipe and been forced into the month of the pipe. It is hoped to prevent the recurrence of this trouble when the large funnel-shaped intake is attached to the mouth of the suction pipe and lowered into the river.
The Merced. Cal., fire department has satisfactorily tested a new “booster” pump. It is of the newest design and installed on Bear creek, where additional pressure is created when a fire occurs. On the occasion of the test six lines of hose were attached to six different hydrants, and when the fire hell signaled, the hydrants were turned on. and the “booster” pump started up simultaneously. Six streams carrying a distance of more than 100 feet, were then in service without the use of the fire engine. The pump was kept going for half an hour under 75 pounds of pressure—all the mains would stand.