Warns Kansas City Officials of Famine Danger
W. G. Goodwin, general superintendent of the Kansas City, Mo., water department, recently told the mayor and alderman that the city faces a water famine this coming summer, unless improvements now under way are greatly expedited. Among the statements made by Mr. Goodwin are these: “Excavations are now under way for two storage basins of 8,000,000 gallons capacity each in North Terrace park. The earth excavations for one of these basins should be ready by June 1 for the concrete. It will take sixtv days to put in the concrete and have that basin ready to hold water. That will take us to August 1, when the excavations for the second basin are expected to be completed. A new 20,000,000-gallon centrifugal pump contracted for should be ready for installation in Turkey Creek station by July 1. The laying of 8,000 feet of forty-eight inch cast iron How pipe between Edgewater and Ouindaro station to complete that line, of which 10,000 feet has already been laid. With this line completed it would increase its capacity 9,000,000 gallons a day. Clean 18,000 feet of thirtv-six-inch main from Ouindaro station to Kaw point which would increase the water flow through this line 50 per cent., or 9,000,000 gallons a day.”
Mr. Goodwin said it would cost $225,000 to build the 8,000 feet of cast iron main from Ouindaro to Edgewater and that the tire and water board is hesitating in letting the contract because of the possibility of the city moving its low pressure water station from Quindaro to a site in Missouri on the borders of Clay and Platte counties. The board is considering seriously the propriety of using other than cast iron mains as a matter of economy and has invited bids for reinforced concrete, steel and wood pipe. Any of these, it is believed, would serve temporarily and meet the requirements at a cost less than for cast iron pipe.