Water Facilities at Hutchinson
Hutchinson, Kans., has three pumping stations with a combined capacity of 12,600,000 gallons of water per day and two booster pumping plants. Over forty miles of mains have been laid. While the United Water, Gas and Electric Company’s three pumping stations could deliver 12,600,000 gallons per day the consumption does not reach that figure. The central station on Sherman west has a capacity of 11,500,000 gallons per day and the two smaller outlying stations, the original booster at the corner of Eleventh and Plum streets and the new one at Sixteenth and Jefferson, have a combined capacity of 1,100,000 gallons per day. The entire pumping system is operated with centrifugal pumps only one of the plunger pumps being retained. This is for use in winter when the demand is very small. The other pumping equipment at the central stations consists of two steam turbines directly connected to centrifugal pumps which now take care of all the business section and south end of the city. The pumps keep the water going into the mains at 50 pounds pressure all the time and when there is a fire this mark jumps to as high as 120 and 140 pounds. The water is pumped from the wells located on the property of the company near the central station. Tests at Kansas University by the State Board of Health have shown that the water furnished by the plant is good.