Special Water Mains Suggested for Domestic Purposes
Dr. J. M. Conley, of Oshkosh, Wis., recently read the following paper before the Candlelight Club of that city on the benefit of purifying water:
“If a city could have two sets of water mains,” said Dr. Conley, “one for the use of manufacturing plants, sprinkling systems and fire protection and one for drinking and household use, the problem would be very simple. For the production of a pure water in small quantities would not be difficult and the demand would vary so slightly each day that the supply could always be kept clean. Each individual drinks in one year nearly one ton of water, but when we consider that it takes one hundred times or more the amount of water to raise the vegetables we eat and to water the stock necessary to produce the meat requisite for our upkeep (with apologies to vegeterians) and not to mention bathing and washing of clothes, you can easily see that if each individual was only apportioned 1,000 tons of water annually he would soon die. From this we can easily sec that pure water is of even greater necessity than pure food. The movement for securing pure drinking water in cities has become general and waters which a decade ago were considered satisfactory are to-day subjected to most severe processes of purification. The highest degree of purity is universally conceded to be not only desirable but necessary.” said Dr. Conley. “Pure water must necessarily he a comparative term, since the quality of water always varies in different localities, f.ocal conditions limit the attainment of ideal water. Ideal water would he a natural supply. free from all harmful bacteri or possibility of contamination, soft, or free from objectionable mineral water, dear, cool, free from color or odor and of pleasant taste.”
Springfield. Mass., is to erect a pumping station which will eiect water which hacks up through the sewer. For a number of years moderate floods have overflowed the north-end sewer and filled streets in that section with a small an troublesome lake. The new pumning station will take care of anv flood which does not slon ove” the north-end dike. The pumo will he remrifueaV electrically operated, and will automatically s’art propelling the water hack into the river. The cost of the project will be in the neighborhood or S1,000 and the work will be done before the spring high water begins.