The Quincy, Mass., Board of Water Commissioners contracted for 1,000 tons of pipe Thursday night at $22 80 per ton, or a total cost of $22,800. The same amount of pipe was bought last year during the summer and cost $27.50 per ton or $27,500.
That immense fountain in the Frog Bond, in Boston Common, which in the summer time belches forth with an angry snort, sending a powerful column of water high into the air, whence it returns to the pond again in a sparkling spray, had a rival the other day. This zealous rival was not situated in the midst of a pretty pond surrounded with a beautiful park, but in the middle of one of Boston’s most frequently traversed thoroughfares. A break in a 36-inch water main,Which lies buried under the entire length of Tremont street, caused the trouble and stopped all traffic. Several of the gates in the neighborhood were closed, and a large hole dug with the intention of repairing the break. Two men were in the hole, which was a large one and several feet deep, when, suddenly, with an angry roar the water rushed in upon them quickly, filling the cavity and completely burying the men in a furious boiling whirlpool. They were quickly rescued from their perilous position, in a half drowned and frozen condition, by their companions; and after they had partaken of hot drinks and had a change of clothing they were sent home more fully to recover from the ill effects of their adventure. At times during the afternoon the water spurted up in an immense column to a great height, and threatened disaster to the whole neighborhoed. All the gates in the neighborhood were shut, and still the water rushed forth. Later it was found that a gate had been broken down.
Reedsburg, Wis., citizens have voted in favor of constructing a water works system.
The Highlands,Col., council is considering the granting of a water franchise.
At Calhoun, Ga., works may be put in soon.
Water-works, including a stand-pipe, will be erected at Knightsville. Ind.
The water supply committee, of Waterbury, Conn., after discussing in executive session the bids for pipe line contract, No. 3, for excavating and laying the pipe to Waterville, voted to reject all bids and to advertise again, the new bids to be opened next Tuesday evening. This is the contract on which it is proposed to employ Waterbury men only, and the committee considered that it was for the best interests of the city that the above course be taken. The unemployed will accordingly have to wait a short time longer. The bids opened were Martin Lipps, New York, $38,077; John W. Gaffney & Co., Waterbury, $44,134.60 ; Continental Construction Company, New York,. $42,947.65. H. S. Tuttle, Swampscott, Mass., $51,496.25 ; Charles H. Eglee, Flushing, N. Y., and E. E. Eglee, New York city, $60,487.90; Patrick Thompson and William II. Knibbs, Waterbury, $37,671.50; Edwarl McManus, W.iterburv, $49,93′>.8o. Mayor Kilduff spoke of the advisability of instructing the city engineer to «ubmit a report to the common council of all work done in the work of the new water supply and the approximate cost of completing the same. “ The cost of the whole thing will lx.* considerably over $500,000,” said he, “ and we ought to inform the public what it will cost, instead of waiting until the work is completed, for they would then ask us why we did not let them know before. What authority have we to exceed the $500,000 which it was originally estimated the work would cost? That amount was allowed us for the work and only $500,000 worth of bonds have been sold. Where are we to get the other $300,000 or more to complete the work,
Duncammon, Pa., wants water-works.
A large slock of dynamite was exploded under the dam of the reservoir of the Springfield, Mo., Water Works Company on Sac river, evidently with the intention of wrecking the machinery. A large amount of earth wap loosened by the concussion, but the masonry withstood the shock successfully.
The Griffin, Ga., city council met Feb. 3 and held a lengthy session, which closed at night, and resulted in the purchase of the water-works to be controlled by the city, the council paying $25,250 for the present plant. The matter has been agitating the citizens and the council for about a year, and nearly that long ago $30,000 bonds were voted for the purchase. About two months ago the citizens again voted $16,000 in bonds for the purpose of erecting an electric light plant. This matter has also kept the council stirred up, but at the meeting it was decided that the light committee should be empowered to employ an electric light engineer or to make estimates of what the city wanted, and the probable cost of the plant and report at the next meeting. It is thought the matter will be definitely settled. Many are in favor of buying the present plant, improving it and running it in connection with the water-works.
The Greenfield, Ind., city council has decided to open bids for a complete system of water works.
The l.acon, Ill., water works were successfully tested a few days ago. The contract price for a 6o, gallon stand pipe, one mile of eight-inch mains, and hydrants on every cross street the entire length of the city was $9,100.
The writ in the suit of the Rockport, Mass., Water Supply Co. against the town of Rockport, in an action of contract, to recover $150,000, is returnable at the superior civil court for Suffolk County, in Huston, Monday. I ffstrict Attorney Moody and Sumner D. York, have entered an appearance for the town, and will file a reply to the declaration of the plaintiffs within the customary thirty days.
Authorities of the village of Glencoe, III., were heard before Judge Scales, as to a confirmation of a special assessment of $85,000 levied to put in a new water system. There are many objectors to this assessment, but less than ten, it is said, residents of Glencoe.
Water was turned into the mains of Vallejo’s, Cal., new water system Feb. 3, the object being to test the pipes. Everything has worked to the satisfaction of the trustees. The system is owned by the people and when in working order will have cost the city nearly $250,cxx>. Enthusiastic citizens who fought for this result for nearly four years are now arranging fora celebration of the event Someday this week.
The Water Supply Company, Southbridge, Mass., has petitioned the legislature for leave to take Hatchet brook, and to increase the capital of the company to $100,000.
Spokane, Wash., broke ground the other day for her new $340,000 water-works dam.
Civil Engineer N. F. Craig has submitted a profile of the pipe line of the Spencer, Mass., waterworks to Consulting Engineer W. F. McClintock, of Boston, and he has filed his conclusions with regard to the several propositions for a better water supply. The following is a synopsis of his statement: The main pipe, from Shaw pond to Spring street in Spencer— four miles—is 14 inch, and has a capacity of 800 gallons per minute, or 985,000 per day. When it reaches Spring street an 8 inch pipe branches off down Cherry street to the depot. This 8 inch pipe with its superior grade is capable of delivering 1,075,000 gallons per day. On the assumption that the ordinary domestic use is 3,000 gallons per minute and that there are two fire streams being used of 250 gallons each per minute, this would call for 800 gallons per minute, ora little more than the pipe would deliver. So it will be seen that two lire streams will use up all the supply of water, leaving nothing for .Main street hill. Provision ought to be made for four lire streams in addition to the household supply, or at least 1,200 gallons per minute. If the main pipe was relaid through Watson’s woods nine feet below its present level, for about 2000 feet, a supply of 1,160 gallons per minute could be obtained and there would be four fire streams, but there would still l>e no supply for the village in ease of an accident to the main. Another expedient would be to lay another 12-inch main from the pond to Spring street, and thus get a supply of about 1,380 gallons per minute. The disadvantage of putting in a reservoir on the hill in the park, arises from the fait that it would undoubtedly be in a ledgey excavation, which would be difficult to make tight. This leads to a question of a stand-pipe and Mr. McClintock corroborates Engineer Craig’s estimate that one having a capacity of 500,000 gallons can be put in with all connections complete for less than $5,000 and would be the cheapest and best solution of the present difficulty, as the present tire pressure could then be maintained for several hours at least and a supply be kept on hand for at least twenty-four hours in case of an accident to the main between the stand-pipe and Shaw pond.
Albany, N. Y., appears to be happy over the adoption by its city council of the Kindferhook plan for its future water supply. The legislature will now be asked to afford the authorities ali necessay legal rights to carry out the project.
It is probable that some action will be taken by taxpayers to prevent the street and water board of Newark, N* J.. from carrying out 1 he project of building a $1,000,000 reservoir in South Orange. 11 is contended by the terms of the contract with the East Jersey water company for a new water supply, the water was to be delivered in Newark in sufficient quantity and under enough pressure to give all the water needed at all seasons of the year. I f a new reservoir is required, therefore, to insure such supply, the expense should properly fall upon the water company.
The discussion of proposed purchase of the water-works plant and franchise at North Tonawanda, N. V.. still goes on. The village should own and control its own system of waterworks, but the advisability of an immediate purchase of a system which will cost the village $275,xx> is a matter to be settled by the taxpayers themselves at a special election to be held on February 23d.
The following order has been adopted by the Medford, Mass., Council : That the mayor in behalf of the city of Medford be and he hcieby is authorized and instructed to petition the General Court for authority enabling the city to purchase land within its limits to enable it to increase its water supply by wells or reservoirs and to render its water supply more efficient by the construction cf stand-pipes or other works to provide for high water supply service.
A resolution has been adopted by the Philadelphia, l’a., council instructing the Water Committee to have prepared plans for securing a better water supply.
The mayor, water commissioner and health commissioner of St. Louis, Mo., are to report on the water supply and give such recommendations as they may deem necessary.
Tlte Crystal Spring Water Company of Scranton, Pa., which supplies’the east side with water, announces that it is about to construct a mammoth reservoir on Pine Run, and will there be able to store one hundred millions of gallons of water.
It is announced that the Irvington, N. J., Water Company will have four and one-half miles of pipe laid by July 4. It will get the water from the city of Newark.
Steps are to be taken for a water supply at Belchertown, Mass., which it has been estimated will cost about $15,000.
The Duluth, Minn., council has passed, over the Mayor’s veto, the ordinance authorizing an issue of $800,000 bonds for the construction of a system of water-works.
G. B, Latimer and W. C. Foster have petitioned fer a franchise for the proposed water company at Rockville Centre, N. Y.
The proposition to establish water-works at Stanford, Ill., will be submitted to a vote at the annual village election in April.
A bill will be introduced in the legislature authorizing Frederick, Md., to issue $35,000 in bonds to provide a new reservoir and additional water facilities,
Aiken, S. C., will hold an election on February 10, to determine whether or not to issue bonds for constructing a water-works system.
Brownsville, ‘Penn., citizens held a meeting on Feb. 1 when they considered the question of constructing waterworks.
A proposition will be submitted to the people of St. Charles, Minn., at the next municipal election, to bond the city for $12,000 to put in a system of water-works.
The new water-works at Rome, Ga., are now almost complete and the city’s supply will be taken from them within a few weeks. Some criticisms on the work and cost have brought out a card from the water-works committee of the council, giving in detail the appropriations, expenditures and debts. It was shown that the original estimate of $35,00×3 will not be passed. This small amount gives the city a magnificent system with an inexhaustible supply of pure water. The reservoirs will hold 3,exx),ocx) gallons and the pumping capacity is 3,000,000 more each day. The reservoir is on the top of Fort Jackson and gives a tremendous pressure.
Fast Liverpool, O., expects to build a new reservoir in the near future. A site has been chosen.
At Prairie City, la., the matter of water-works is under discussion.
The St. Charles, Minn., City Council has voted a proposition to be submitted to the people at the next municipal election. The proposition is to bond the city for about $12,000 to put in a system of water works.
Jacksonville is another of the many cities of Illinois that have not solved the problem of a pure water supply in abundance. The proposition which is now being considered is to dam the Big Sandy creek about four miles from the city at the ei d of a deep ravine and construct a reservoir. It is estimated that for $15/00 there could be furnished a lake forty acres in area, with an average depth of twelve feet and would furnish a supplv of water for the city lasting six months or more.
While Saginaw, Mich., is considering a proposition to tap a subterranean river for its water supply, Bay City and West Bay City are talking of building an inlet pipe to take water in Saginaw Bay. The council appointed a committee to meet a like committee from West Bay City, appointed one week ago to consider the question.
The Niagara River Water Works Company has offered its plant to the Board of Trustees of North Tonawanda for the sum of $75,(XX). The question will be submitted to a vote of the people February 13.
At the annual meeting of the stockholders of the New Haven, Conn., Water company the following were elected directors: Fli Whitney, A. L. Chamberlain, C’abel B. Bowers, James English, John A. Leeds, Richard M. Everit, James 1>Dewell, Geoge D. Watrous and Eli Whitney, Jr., the last named being elected to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the late Henry S. Dawson. The stockholders then voted to increase their capital from $1,687,500 to $2,000,000, or rather authorized the directors to do so whenever they see fit. The object of increasing the capital is for the purpose of paying off the indebtedness occasioned by building the dam and storage reservoir in Bethany, which has just been completed and is by far the most important bit of water-work engineering in the state. The reservoir, which is now being filled, will contain 600,000,000 gallons of water. A part of the new stock is to be used in paying off $125,000 worth of bonds which are to mature in 1895. The exact method and condition under which the new stock will be issued has not been decided upon and will not be until after the next meeting of the board of directors. The company has paid a semi-annual dividend of 4 per cent during the past year.
The Kerrville, Tex., Water-works Company has been chartered.