Water Notes From Savannah.
Superintendent Figg, of the water department at Savannah, Ga., has ordered a pressure of 50 lb. in the city mains. To secure this it is necessary to maintain a pressure of 60 lb. at the pumps. The inauguration of the higher pressure was made possible by the completion of the “bushings” in the two large Holly pumps at the new station. By this repair work the department is able to save more than 1,500,000 gal. daily, which were formerly lost in slippage, when the pressure was less than 40 lb. Only one of the pumps at the new station, with the aid of the old station on the river, is necessary to supply the city with water, the other large pumps being held in reserve—It is expected that within the next few weeks announcement will be made of the re-rating of the city for fire insurance purposes. This is the first time within a decade that a thorough inspection of the entire city has been made for the purpose, and it is expected that Savannahians will be benefited materially as a result. The new rates have not yet been made public. An insurance man says, however, that he expects a cut of 10 per cent, on the rate in the downtown sections, where the system of mains has been put in firstclass shape. The new rate may not affect to any great extent the property lying in the outer sections of the city, at least until more mains are extended in those sections.