Tampa, Fla., to Improve Water Works
A contract has been awarded by the city of Tampa, Fla., to Burford, Hall & Smith, of Atlanta, Ga., amounting to $178,000 for construction of a complete new water works pumping plant. With the recent growth of this Florida city, it became necessary to augment the existing water supply, which is derived from artesian wells, and this necessitated providing a new supply from a nearby river. The building of a complete new pumping plant was required.
This new station will have four large De Laval centrifugal pumping units, driven by De Laval geared steam turbines, a type similar to the large De Laval pumps recently installed by this firm for the city of Atlanta.
Lancaster Moves to Safeguard Water—A resolution has been adopted by the water committee at Lancaster, Pa., prohibiting any of the outlying water distilling organizations receiving water from Lancaster’s system from extending pipe lines without permission front the water committee. The city filtration plant has a capacity of 12,000,000 gallons per day and the supply must be guarded.
Increased Water Rate Schedule at Staunton, Va.—A new increased schedule of water rates went into effect at Staunton, Va., on Oct. 1. The former ordinance prescribed a rate of $1.50 as a minimum charge for consumption by regular users for the first 5,000 gallons of water or less; 30 cents per 1,000 gallons in excess of first 5,000 and less than 35,000; 20 cents for each additional 1,000 gallons over 35,000 and less than 200,000, and 15 cents per each additional 1,000 gallons over the 200,000 mark. The rates in each instance are doubled except for the 15 cent rate per 1,000 gallons over 200,000 which was increased to 20 cents. The meter charge of 25 cents per quarter has not been increased. All Staunton water consumers pay water taxes on the same basis, except those who have water hydrants for fire protection and circuses, carnivals, shows, etc., drawing water from the city supply, for which use a special rate has been fixed. Out of town residents being supplied from the city source are charged on a basis of 50 per cent, increase over the cfty rates.