Reservoir Capacity of Baltimore Too Small.
Water Engineer Quick, of Baltimore, Md., says if the recent heavy rains had continued the people of the city would soon have been drinking muddy water, because the emergency reservoirs— lakes Clifton, Montebello and Druid, the Hampden reservoir and the Western and Guilford highservice reservoirs—would by this time have been drained of their supply and the Jones’ falls and Gunpowder river supplies would only be available. Mr. Quick admitted that these emergency reservoirs contained only half their usual supply of water at the end of last week, because the Gunpowder and Jones’ falls supplies were too muddy to use on account of the rains, and the emergency reservoirs furnished all water consumed for several days. The fact that within a few days the supplies of the emergency reservoirs were reduced 50 per cent, and would have within a week been exhausted, forcing the city to use the muddy water of the Gunpowder river and Jones’ falls sources, is regarded as a strong argument for the $5,000,000 water loan. The water loan will provide for the erection of a big reservoir in the valley of the Gunpowder river, which will not be affected by heavy rains and consequent muddy water.
The following bids have been opened by the commissioners of the District of Columbia, Washington, D, C., for furnishing 252 tons of special castings: Lynchburg Foundry co., Lynchburg, Va., $46; United States Cast Iron and Pipe Foundry co., Philadelphia, Pa., $51.20: James B. Clow, Chicago, Ill., $54.88; M. J. Drummond, New York city, $52.60; Central Metal & Supply Co., Baltimore, Md., $64.40.
The Wichita Water company has promised to set a price upon its system for the city in about twenty days.