Seventy-Million-Gallon Dam for Dallas

Seventy-Million-Gallon Dam for Dallas

A contract, recently awarded by the city of Dallas, Tex., for the construction of 70,000,000-gallon reservoir in Denton County, is believed to be the solution of a problem for an adequate water supply for that city for many years to come. An artificial lake will be created twenty-nine miles north of the city with a shore line of 65 miles. The dam will be about two miles long, will have a maximum height of 80 feet and a spillway 560 feet long.

Since the days of 1881 and the original standpipe, the ingenuity of the city officials had been taxed to find additional sources of pure water to keep up with the demands of the community. Although Dallas is located upon Trinity River, the waters of this sluggish and uncertain Texas stream are unfit for use. It is expected that with the present sources of water the new project will serve the city abundantly until the population of the city goes above the 1.000.000 mark.

Ample quantities are now available from the surface reservoirs, and the new Denton, or Garza, project, as it is called, is designed solely to meet future needs. Present sources, chief among which are White Rock Lake, Turtle Creek and East Fork reservoirs, furnish a supply of more than 7,000.000,000 gallons annually, besides the artesian wells which take care of the suburb of Oak Cliff with a population of about 60.000.

The new reservoir, which will be located on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River is calculated to cost nearly $5,000,000. Work will soon be started.

Chief Hart, Cairo, Ga., Dies—Harry J. Hart, chief of the Cairo, Ga., fire department died at his home there on Oct. 20. He had been confined in his room for about two weeks hut was not considered dangerously ill until shortly before his death. Mr. Hart is survived by his wife and four children.

Henry Luther Jones, Rochester Contractor, Dead—Henry Luther Jones, builder of the Hemlock Lake water works tunnel for the city’ of Rochester, N. Y., in 1893-94 and head of the firm of William H. Jones & Son, contractors, died at the age of 59 at his home in Rochester on October 19, following an extended illness.

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