St. Louis Water Report
GENERAL FEATURE ARTICLES
Water Commissioner Edward E. Wall, of St. Louis, in his annual report for year ending April 1, states that the total cost of maintenance was $1,120,478.57; for extensions and reconstructions, $812,194.75; total, $1,932,973.32. Total receipts, $119,837.19. Balance. $1,813,136.13. The principal improvements and their cost during the year were: Extension of system. $452,125.63; replacing engine No. 6, $159,427.90; revetment of river hank. $87,407.14; changes in settling basins, $53,026.95; water meters. $18,720.50. and reconstruction of boiler plant. $14,357.87. A concrete standpipe of 50,000 gallons capacity, a chemical laboratory, three public comfort stations and many minor improvements and additions, a number of extensive improvements, including increase in intake and clarifying capacity, intake tower, tunnel and screen chamber, all to cost $155,000. A filter plant, to cost $950,000, is also under way. There were 29,956 million gallons of water delivered to the distributing system. which required 7,082 tons of sulphur and 12,448 tons of lime to purify, at a cost of_ $3,994 per million gallons. The average daily high-pressure pumping service was 82,279,300 gallons. The reorganization of the meter system, commenced in 1911, was completed and modernized by testing devices, motor vehicles and card records. Two meter testing machines with automatic scale attachments have been installed and a machine shop to facilitate meter repairs has been provided. The new testing equipment has a capacity of 90 meters a day. The motor meter delivery wagon does the work of five horse-drawn wagons. A deposit of calcium carbonate, which is removed by diluted muriatic acid, has caused the replacement of many meter parts. All meters two inches or smaller are now replaced, repaired and tested. The city will own all meters as soon as possible. The number of private meters is now 45½ per cent. There are 7,366 meters of all patterns and sizes in service, of which 4,008 are owned by the city and 3,350 arc private. There were 3,385 tops inserted during the year, making a total of 111,966.