Water Project for Wheeling
According to a report submitted by Engineers Smith and Cooke to the Wheeling, W. Va., city council, that city may secure an adequate supply of good water by the outlay of $269,335.50. The proposed system includes the construction of a five million gallon concrete covered reservoir, a brick dry well, three tenmillion centrifugal pumps, 102 wells and strainers. This system will be connected with the present pumping station from which the water will be forced to the hilltop reservoir and through the city mains. The total cost of the system complete without wells, prepared to take water from any other system should the wells be abandoned, is estimated at $189,350. The well battery and equipment adds $55,500 and 10 per cent, being added for contingencies, the 10 tier cent, being figured at $24,485, making the possible expenditure $269,335.00. The engineers hold that with proper care and the wells not drilled too deep the well water will not be harder than that obtained from any other system. Water bacteriologically pure can be obtained, suitable for domestic purposes and all other uses. Two methods of softening the water for boiler use are submitted. Because of dredging by sand and gravel boats, the engineers advise that the well batteries be located at a different spot than just at the foot of Eighth street. Warwood. Other nearby sites they claim have better gravel dars, from which water “clean, pure and admirably adapted for drinking purposes,” may be drawn and which with slight care and reasonable expense can be made suitable for all purposes. It is said to be preferable to raw river water for boiler purposes. The engineers point out that well systems about Wheeling district have always given ample supplies, with no signs of becoming exhausted. They conclude their report with the statement that chemists have found the water from test wells bacteriologically pure.