The Water Supply at Monroe, Mich.
(From an Occasional Correspondent.)
MONROE, MICH., January 2.—What the most enterprising and best citizens of Monroe have for the last ten years been hoping for, has at last been realized. We have a good system of water works, and not only is the source of supply (Lake Erie) inexhaustible, but it is as pure and wholesome a one as very few cities can boast of.
The plans and specifications for the system were made by J. D. Cook of Toledo, O., and the works were built by the Monroe Water Company, under the supervision of its chief engineer, E. F. Fuller. The work of digging was commenced July 26; on Christmas morning the pumps were started, and at about eleven o’clock the first water made its appearance in the city limits. On Saturday afternoon a trial of the hydrants was made by the fire department. Hose was attached to three hydrants in different parts of the city, and three solid streams thrown high into the air, to the complete satisfaction of the crowds that had gathered to witness the exhibition.
The pump house is located two milts northeast of the city, and nearly a mile from the lake. The water is taken from a point about one mile north of the lighthouse, 2000 feet from shore, where there is a depth of eighteen feet of pure water and covered to the well in the pump-house through a twenty-inch supply line. From here two Worthington pumps, with a daily capacity of 1,500,000 gallons, force the water through a sixteen-inch main to the city limits, where it is distributed through twelve, ten, eight, six and four-inch pipe (in all about fifteen miles) to all parts of the city. The city rents 132 double hydrants at an annual rental of $6200, but has the option of buying the works within one year for $124,000, a course which it will doubtless adopt, as the city at present has not a dollar of debt and can borrow money at a very low rate of interest.
It is not necessary to say that our firemen are well pleased, as now for the first time since the existence of the city they have a sure supply of water in case of a fire. Monroe has been one of the most fortunate cities in the country in its escape from fire. During the past year we have had but two, with a total loss of only about $1500. The officers of the water company are: Geo. Spalding, president; C. W. Scott, secretary ; E. H. York, treasurer. S.