To Increase Perth Amboy Water Supply

To Increase Perth Amboy Water Supply

The Water Commissioners of Perth Amboy, N. J., are perfecting plans to give that city an additional supply of 500,000 gallons per day. This is to be done by adding to the capacity of the storage wells on the Runyon watershed. City Engineer Mason has prepared plans showing the proposed aeration project for utilizing the artesian well water. By his plan two filter basins would be constructed at Runyon, each to be one acre in area. The presence of dioxide of iron in the artesian water caused it to be abandoned for potable purposes years ago. Now this is to be extracted. In anticipation of utilizing the seemingly unlimited supply of water in the lower siratas of the Runyon watershed, the board on March 27 let a contract to the Worthington Pump Company, for a five-million gallon artesian well pump and turbine. The installation of the pump was recently completed, but before it can be used to supply potable water from the deep stratas of the earth, some filter for extracting the dioxide of iron has to he provided. Mr. Mason explained that the sand at Runyon affords a natural clarifier. There will be sixteen storage or surface wells to catch the filtered water as it seeps through the sand to their openings. These wells will be 180 feet apart and their present capacity of 100,000 gallons will be increased to about 500,000, it is estimated. The commissioners take much interest in the plans of Mr. Mason, as the scheme for using the artesian well water at Runyon was never projected by any former board.

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