South Kaukauna Water Supply Improved by Air Lift System
Superintendent W. B. Montgomery of the water department of South Kaukauna, Wis., has solved the problem of an adequate water supply and overcome the difficulty with which the department has long wrestled of a diminished flow of water in the artesian wells, through the installation of an air-lift system. Owing to natural causes, the flow of water has been subject to the influence of extreme cold weather, and Superintendent Montgomery last summer made a tour of other cities to find out what could be done to remedy the situation. Last fall he ordered from Clairmont, N. H., an air-lift system. The total cost of the apparatus was approximately $1,800, including the cost of installation. The equipment was guaranteed to deliver 500 gallons per minute, or 700,000 gallons every 24 hours, or about three times the amount of the present water consumption. The final tests made showed that the conditions had been fully met, but Superintendent Montgomery expects to be able after adiustments have been made to exceed this amount. Under the old system the three wells owned by the city could only deliver at their best 235 to 250 gallons, whereas with the air-lift one well alone can now supply 500 gallons. The operation of the equipment costs but very little and is adequately handled by the present force, the machinery being used only four hours every twenty-four. The city, because of the diminution in the flow of the wells,, has never been able to maintain at all times the amount of water in the reservoirs necessary for proper fire protection and furnish the individual consumer. But now the department is able at all times to both keep the reservoirs filled at the required 300.000 gallon mark and meet nil the demands of the consumers. The flow was raised immediately after the installation was made from 0,000 gallons per hour to 30,000 gallons per hour. The department is made independent of the Fox River, upon which it will not now have occasion to draw. The entire work of installation was done by the water works crew, which proved itself competent to adiust the delicate mechanism without calling on expert aid from outside. A small 24-horsepower motor was sufficient to operate the system.
A. C. Houston has been elected president of the Yolo Water and Power Company, at Woodland, Cal.