The New Water-Works at Shefield, Ala.
On August 6 the Sheffield (Ala.) Water-works Company opened bids for the construction of a new system of waterworks at that place, and the contract was awarded to the Scovel & Irwin Construction Company of Birmingham, who agreed to complete the whole plant as specified for $100,000, work to be begun September 1. Of the works to be constructed The Daily Enterprise gives the following description:
The ten miles of main now laid will constitute the “back bone” of the new system, and from it such extensions will be made as in the future may be demanded. The pumping machinery will be placed in a wrought-iron caisson forty-five feet long and twenty-five feet wide, and having cylindrical ends built of Ji-inch steel. The caisson will be covered with a plank deck, and on this will be placed the pump-house. This will be a handsome little structure, and will contain one compound duplex condensing pump and two 1,000,000-gallon high pressure duplex pumps, all of the most improved modem type. The caisson will be located about three-quarters of a mile above the present pumping station, and will be securely anchored ten or twelve feet above low water mark and high enough to be safe from any danger of overflow. The boiler-house will be of brick 35 x 70, and will be built on the river bank above the pump. A pump main sixteen inches in diameter and capable of delivering 8,000,000 gallons every twenty-four hours will connect the pumps and the stand-pipe. This will be built on or very near Reservoir hill. It will be strongly built of plate steel, and will be twenty feet in diameter and eighty feet high. It will be capped with a handsome platform top, and will be equipped with the most improved system of electric signals for high and low water. From the stand-pipe distributing mains ranging in diameter from sixteen inches to four inches wherever the necessities of the consumers demand. It is estimated that the pressure on Montgomery avenue below the new hotel will be equal to from seventy-five to eighty pounds to the square inch, and will easily force a stream 125 feet. The contracts call for 120 fire plugs to be placed where directed. The first work to be done will be at the pumping station, and the work of laying mains will follow as soon as the pipe is delivered.