TEST OF WATER SUPPLY AT KNOXVILLE

TEST OF WATER SUPPLY AT KNOXVILLE

The water supply for fire protection has just been tested at Knoxville, Tenn., when for nearly two hours the four steamers of the city’s fire department threw continuously eight streams in the highest building on Gay street, North Knoxville. The test was intended as an answer to the cry that there was no water on block 15. The test amply proved the contrary. Some of the engines sucked air; but water could be seen bursting from the suction-pipes and hydrants showing that they had all the water they could take. The high pressure gauges registered from 80 lbs. to 90 lbs., all the Knoxville Water company agrees to furnish. The four engines stood within 300 feet of each other, and to each were attached two lines of hose of more than 200 feet in length. On Gay street six streams were thrown by three steamers to the top of the highest building, and on State street in the rear of the Briscoe block equally good work was done by a fourth steamer. All through the test the pressure was between 80 lbs. and 90 lbs. While these tests were going on, another was being made in front of the West Knoxville firehouse. No steamer was used; but from the highpressure was thrown a vertical stream to a height of 150 feet—125, when turned against the wind. The test lasted for five minutes. The time of the test at this place was between 3:30 and 4 p. m., and the pressure maintained averaged 85 lbs. It was in every way satisfactory to Chief Engineer Tyson, who was present at both. Chief Tyson has looked over the maps and charts of the system of the Knoxville Water company. All the information and assistance that the officials of the Knoxville Water company could extend have been given. He was shown the maps of the various mains in the city, the records of the high-pressure which is automatically recorded in the office of the company when the high pressure is on.

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