River Water Project for Sacramento

River Water Project for Sacramento

With a view to obtaining a good water supply for the city the city commissioners of Sacramento, Cal., have instructed the city engineer’s office to investigate the feasibility of installing one or more caissons in the Sacramento River to take seepage water from beneath the bottom of the river. The Retail Merchants’ Association has been carryinng on a campaign for a good water supply and merchants recently sunk a small caisson in the river from which they pumped pure water suitable for household purposes and industrial uses. The chief question in the minds of the commissioners is whether it is practicable to take enough water to supply the entire city from caissons. Some who oppose the scheme declare the cost would be excessive. Advocates of the project declare the cost of installing such an intake would not be great as it could be located near the present suction pipes. At the present time it takes from 15 to 20 million gallons of water daily to supply the city. Commissioner Shaw, who already has made a tentative examination of the water, has pointed out that at present there exists doubt as to the possibility of taking this much water ‘from caissons which the city can afford to install.

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