THE JOLIET WATERPOWER PLANT.
A Chicago dispatch of March 25 says that the first of the contracts for the completion of the water power plant of the Economy Light and Power company of Joliet, Ill., have been let. The total cost of the additional improvements will be about $200,000. Twelve water wheels of nearly 400 horsepower each will be installed. Five hundred horsepower will be used to operate the Bridgeport pumping works, and 2,000 horsepower is leased to the Edison company, of Chicago, to be used in lighting the city. The demand for waterpower makes it probable waterpower dams may be constructed at two other points in Joliet, the power being generated by the water from the drainage canal.
Several English cities are struggling with the water supply problem. One authority says that the total quantity of rain which falls on an average through a year in England and Wales is twenty-seven billion nineteen thousand six hundred and thirty-two million gallons; or, to put it in another way, each acre of ground receives about eighty times as much water as an average member of the population requires. It might be thought that, with such a rainfall, there would be little difficulty about giving each town or city all the water it wants.