THE NEED OF DUPLICATE PUMPING UNITS.
The need for a duplicate or auxiliary pumping unit to meet the needs of the public in case of accident or the need of overhauling the main water pump is one of those facts that are oftentimes overlooked just because they are so self-evident, while in other instances there is a tendency to run a risk rather than assume the expense necessary for the additional machinery. Public officials are sometimes inclined to think that when they have provided one pump of sufficient capacity for normal needs they have done their full duty to their community, and that the likelihood of that pump being out of commission, even temporarily, is too remote to take into consideration to the extent of incurring further expense. That is a penny wise and pound foolish attitude, for it must be borne in mind that water is a public necessity at all times, no matter what the emergency, and that, in water works equipment, emergencies as well as normal requirements must be foreseen. No community should depend on one pump, no matter how good and efficient that pump is.