Water Improvements in Sydney
In order to increase the water supply of the City of Sydney, Nova Scotia, where a shortage has been felt in the months of September and October the system is being improved. The present watershed has an area of 2.31 square miles. The impounding reservoir has 200,000,000 Imperial gallons capacity. A city plebiscite showed opinion to be in favor of pumping water from the Dumeresque and Middle lakes watershed, the area of which is 5.1 square miles. The plan adopted and started is for a plant at Middle lake, the lower of the two lakes, both lakes to be used as storage reservoirs, and the water pumped through a 24-inch pipe 11,100 feet long with a vertical maxim lift, static, of 72 feet. The water will be delivered by gravity from the top of the divide between this watershed and the present one. A Venturi meter is to be installed. For the present one centrifugal pump with a capacity of 3,000,000 Imperial gallons in 20 hours will be installed ; the plans providing for the installation in the future of two more pumps each of the same capacity. James Menzies is superintendent of the city water works.