Salt Water for Municipal Purposes.
IN the little city of Eureka, Cal., which is situated on Humboldt Bay, the trustees recently appointed a committee to devise a plan for a city hydrant system, to be supplied with salt water, and the report is summarized as follows: “The report recommended the adoption of a system of permanent character, to allow of additions being made at any time without alterations to the main system. The pumping station could be located at the foot of H street, using the 130,000 gallon tank at No. 1 Engine as a reservoir. The station should be fireproof and supplied with two steam pumps of 600 gallons capacity each, and capable of maintaining about 130 pounds pressure on the mains. A system of mains of suitable size and a plan of distribution for twenty-two hydrants was also embodied in the repoit. The approximate cost of the system for fire protection, flushing of sewers and street sprinkling was set down as fio.ooo and operating expenses not to exceed $150 per month. In conclusion, the committee recommended that detailed specifications be procured by the city in order to ascertain the exact cost, and if deemed advisable, to receive bids for the construction of the above system.” Commenting upon this report, The Oakland (Cal.) Enquirer remarks: “ It is surprising how easily some things can be done in some cities which look vastly difficult in others. We believe that 222,222 reasons have been discovered by interested parties why Oakland cannot use salt water for street sprinkling, two of which reasons they have succeeded in stating, viz: that it would cost too much and would not produce a good effect on the streets. But the experience of English and American cities which have used salt water conclusively disposes of both of these objections.”