STREET SPRINKLING DEVICE.
A simple, useful and cheap device for furnishing street sprinkling carts with water, is used in connection with the Anthony P. Smith method of connecting with mains without shutting off the water or interfering with the pressure.
In a large number of fires that occurred in the vicinity of New York city, there was almost invariably great trouble in getting a sufficient supply of water, owing to the fire hydrants being out of order. In at least eighty per cent, of these cases it was found to be owing to the fact that the hydrants had been used by street sprinklers during the summer months. Our attentention has been called to this very serious fact and also to the Smith device, for the remedy of the same by several well known water works people.
The device has been adopted by a number of cities, and we think no well regulated department should be without it.
The device consists of a connection made by the Smith method. It has a sleeve which is fitted on the main, a patent gate with drip attachment, which is locked into same, a street stop box, and a valve at the curb. The valve at the curb has an iron box with hinged cover, and is large enough to permit the short length of hose, that conveys the water from the valve to the cart, to be coiled in same. The box can then be locked, thus preventing meddlers from interfering with the hose or valve between the trips or over night. The device is also made with the stand pipe attachment as shown in the cut.
This attachment consists of a swinging arc stand pipe such as is generally used for such purposes.
In case the curb stop is used there is sometimes annoyance from the water which remains in the short length of hose falling and moistening the ground. This can be obviated by having an extra stop valve at the end of the hose. The drip attachment on the gate at the main in both cases is to allow the connection to be shut off during the winter months or when not in use. It empties the pipe and allows of no possibility of freezing. In addition to the above the cost of putting in the Smith device, including everything, the sleeve, the patent gate with drip, the street stop for patent gate, the curb stop, the curb stop box, pipes,etc., is only about one half of what the cost would be of putting in a hydrant for the same surpose.
Further informationcan be had by addressing the inventor, Anthony P. Smith.
At Minneapolis, Minn., Fire Chief Stetson and Supervisor McConnell of the water works have inspected the water service in the lumber districts. They recommend another engine for that section. The pressure at the hydrants is sixty pounds, at the nozzle twenty-five orforty-five pounds, which is very low for service in such a highly inflammable district.
At Denver, Col., a substantial fund is being raised for the relief of the families of the four firemen killed while on duty at the hotel fire recently. Nearly $500 has already been raised.