THE MONTGOMERY, ALA., WATER TROUBLE.
In view of the many rumors affecting the Capital City Water Company, of Montgomery, Ala., with respect to an alleged scarcity of water pressure from the fire plugs at recent fires, Mr. Crosby, the receiver, denies that at any fire since he has been receiver has
less pressure been carried than that required by the contract between the Capital City Water Company and the city, namely: Full standpipe pressure. This means 103 pounds water pressure on the gauge at the pumping station, ninety-eight pounds at Court square, forty-two pounds at the highest point in the city, and varying intermediate pressures according to the different levels.
This statement, Mr. Crosby says, can be proved from the daily automatic record of steam and water pressures at the pumping stations preserved since 1866. He points out that on the occasion of the Pierce fire on January 26, the automatic records show
that a pressure of ninety-five to too pounds, was being carried before the alarm was run in, and, owing to the air-lift work, which is now being carried on, there were present in the engine room, at the time the alarm was rung in, Mr. Ellis [ the company’s] engineer, Mr. Johnson, of Memphis, and other workmen with whom it is a matter of common knowledge, that.upon the first tap of the bell, the pressure was raised,practically instantly, to no pounds, and the average pressure during the fire was in excess of no pounds, until the fire was announced out. Upon the morning of the fire at Dr. Gaston’s residence, Feb. 2, the pressure that was being carried preceding the fire was ninety to ninety-five pounds, and upon the first general alarm the pressure was at once raised to 1 IO pounds, and maintained practically at that point until the fire was announced out. At none of these fires was there any scarcity of water in our basins, nor in either case did the amount of water used during the fire, reduce the amount of stored water on hand more than fifteen per cent., and that without opening our river gate.
In order to show the inaccuracy of rumor in general and of that referring to the fire at a private stable-where it was asserted that there was “ not sufficient water to supply a steam fire engine,” Receiver Crosby, though he knew well that it was a “physical impossibility that such a condition could exist” went himself to Chief McNelis. of the fire department, and inquired if he had any complaint to make as to the quantity of water or pressure furnished at the fire. He was informed thaJ the “ pressure and quantity of water were ample.”