SEATTLE’S WATER SUPPLY.
The project for the development of the power of Cedar river falls for supplying Seattle, Wash., with the pure water of that stream by a gravity system has progressed so far that E. H. Ammidown and F. H. Osgood, representing the company which has the undertaking in hand, announces to the fire and water committee of the city council that they are ready to enter into a contract to deliver to the city so many millions of gallons of water independent of the methods of construction of a plant, or to deliver water through a system built under plans furnished by the city engineer. The proposition seems to meet with favor from the committee, and City Engineer Thomson was Instructed to prepare details as to the present system and the system proposed. When such a statement shall have been submitted, the eommltteo will report to the council, and any one will have opportunity to give figures on a plan to supply the city with water. The plan would offer an inducement to outside capital to come In and look for returns In rental received from consumers of water, the city fixing the rates and reserving the right to buy in the plant after a period of fifteen or twenty yearn. It is thought that a private corporation could supply water so as to compete with the city at the present rate, and when, with the Increase of consumption, due to increase of population, the ratio of expense decreased, It could still better afford to do so.
City Engineer Thomson says that under the gravity system one thing necessary would be to have a good reservoir at this end of the line. There were two questions of engineering: First, the form of the reservoir; second, the form of the conduit. The location was alreudy fixed. Two pumping stations would be necessary for the small circles now known as the Renton hill and Queen Anne districts. He will have the figures ready for submission to the committee in a few weeks. The proposal Indicates that the elaborate system outlined by Benezette Williams in 1890, looking to Swan lake as an Impounding reservoir for the water of Cedar river and the construction of a conduit from there down the Cedar river valley to the city may soon be carried out.