THE WASHINGTON FILTER PLANT.

THE WASHINGTON FILTER PLANT.

Secretary Root has decided to require new bids for the Washington filtration plant. Colonel Miller, the engineer officer in charge, wanted the local bid accepted, as this would save $175,000. Senator Penrose went before the secretary, with Mr. Quinn, of the Philadelphia firm, and made an argument for the right of Harmer & Quinn, as the lowest bidders to the contract; but the New York lewell Filtration company protested. Secretary Root has announced that he had decided to reject all the bids at both the first and the second competitions as they exceeded the fixed limit of cost. Congress has now increased the limit by the sum of $700,000, and the secretary holds that the only fair course is to have a new competition. The limit of cost as now fixed is $3,468,405, and the plant must be completed by December 1, 1904. The new proposals will be opened March 30.

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