Water Situation at Lima

Water Situation at Lima

L. H. Van Buskirk, engineer for the Ohio State Board of Health, who recently visited Lima, O., to investigate the water situation in that city, said, after visiting every present available source of supply, that the proposition “practically means the building of a new water supply.” Mr. Van Buskirk said: “I came simply to look over the ground, inquire into the situation and will state my findings to the board upon my return to Columbus. The well being dug west of the city is not deep enough to show whether it will furnish any great supply or not. The supply in the quarries, above the city, is practically exhausted. The city reservoir is dry, and the water from the refinery coming as it does through the small main before it reaches the larger one. does not. come with much pressure.” That the plan of piping water from the Indian Lake reservoir would not be feasible, is Mr. Van Buskirk’s theory. The reservoir is shallow, and the demand that would be made upon it by a city the size of Lima would soon drain it, unless it rained every few days. Speaking of the present city reservoir, he said: “They thought they were building it too big when they made it some ten years or more ago. Today they find that it is not nearly big enough.

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