Water Improvements Planned for El Paso
A number of improvements for the water works system of El Paso, Tex., which will cost in the vicinity of $40,000 and for which there will be no tax levy, is under course of construction. A 6-inch main from the Davis reservoir to a point beyond McKinley avenue, a distance of 15,000 feet, is being laid and when completed will materially increase the supply and pressure in the district.
Another of the important improvements will be the installation of an electric booster pump on Memphis street and the construction of an 8-inch main which will get its supply from the Gramma and Montan street wells. This new plan will cut the cost of operation, as the water that goes to this district now is pumped 2 1/2 miles from the mesa well to the Summit Place reservoir. It also will increase the supply, as water can be drawn from the reservoir if the peak demands tax the 800 gallons per minute capacity of the booster pump.
A new 8-inch main, 1,700 feet long will connect the Kern Place system with the reservoir. An 8-inch line also will be laid in the Cotton addition manufacturing district. It will be 4,100 feet long.
All the money for these improvements will come from the actual revenues of the water works, Mr. Woods declared. “Taxpayers will not be called upon for one cent for this project,” he pointed out.
Fremont, O., Water Project Delayed—The plans for the construction of a filtration plant for Fremont, Ohio, were postponed until the early part of 1926. It will be necessary to wait until the new city council meets before steps will be taken to issue bonds to finance the improvement.
Many of Lockport, Ill., Wells Contaminated—When an inspection was made of the wells in Lockport, Ill., by Dr. Paddock and Thomas J. Testin, bacteriologist, a number of the wells were found to have a contaminated supply. Large quantities of chlorine were injected into the city water supply to check the bacteria growth.
Water Shortage Hinders Tennessee Road Work—The water shortage caused by the summer drouth has hindered the construction of the Signal mountain road near Chattanooga, Tenn. When the work was started one of the mains in the district was tapped but this diminished the water supply in the district and it was believed advisable to halt the road construction until a solution to the water problem will be found.