The Water Syatem at Salt Lake City

The Water Syatem at Salt Lake City

In talking of the waterworks at Salt Lake City, Utah, Commissioner W. K. Korns recently said: “Salt Lake’s water system consists of about 30 miles of canals, nearly 75 miles of canyon streams, about 16 miles of conduits, 220 miles of water mains, 23,000 service connections, 1,711 fire hydrants, 4,000 regulating valves, eight reservoirs, with a carrying capacity of 6,000,000 gallons. The system is valued at more than $6,000,000, and has a bonded indebtedness of $1,575,000. The year just closing promises to show an expenditure of $190,000 for maintenance, operation, interest, etc., as against receipts for water of $230,000, a net earning of about $40,000. Now, as to what is hoped for in the water department. This subject is gigantic in its scope and magnitude. Realizing it to be such, the commission foresaw the necessity of securing the best and most experienced men available in both the superintendent and the engineering department. Charles F. Barrett, chosen as superintendent of the waterworks, was taken from the Rio Grande Railroad Company, where for eight years he had charge of their water supply system. Mr. Barrett is trained, not alone in water supply, of which he is a practical judge, but he is quick in estimating flows, pressure, costs, installations, etc., and is therefore a great aid to the engineering department when it seeks information from the water department. In the engineering department, David H. Blossom, a graduate in civil engineering and hydraulics from the Boston School of Technology, was chosen city engineer, and for assistant in the water branch, he has chosen Sylvester Q. Cannon, also a graduate in the same course, from the same school. It is but proper to say that. Mr. Cannon had only recently completed the preliminary survey for a huge conservation project, before he was solicited to come into the city engineering force, while Mr. Blossom has become even more famed in outside States than here at home as an engineer and constructor of reclamation and irrigation canal and reservoir systems. This trio of as capable men as could be found and the very best geologists, reservoir and tunnel experts to be found, have consented to aid.”

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