THE ESCANABA PLANT.
The waterworks plant of Es_____ _____ is in good condition. Its system is pumping direct into mains from lake Michigan. The city has increased in population from 6,800 in 1897 to over 9,500 in 1902; consequently, considerable improvements to the plant became necessary in that time. Its pumping capacity has been increased by the addition of a Snow engine of 3,000,000 gallons daily capacity, making the total 6,000,000 gallons. Accompanying this article is an illustration of the pumping station from a photograph taken for this journal. It is a wellbuilt structure and contains all the equipments of the modern pumping house. There are fifteen miles of mains, from four to sixteen-inch diameter; 148 hydrants; 120 valves; and 275 meters. The cost of construction to date is $150,000 and $7,000 per year is spent on maintenance and management. The new pumping engine was installed in April last, and the company has now under construction two and onehalf miles of mains, with twenty-five hydrants and twenty gate-valves. Of the 1,100 services only 275 are metered. The total consumption for the past twelve months was 493,058,991 gallons. The daily average consumption per capita is 141 gallons. The superintendent of the works is W. J. Hatton, and the president of the company, S. C. Bayer, jr., Port Clinton, Pa.