— Xenia, O., will set 100 additional hydrants.
—Olncy, Ill., favors the construction of water-works.
— What Cheer, Ia., contemplates building water-works.
— Mount Clemens, Mich., is agitating the water question.
— -The Bellevue (O.) water-works have been completed and satisfactorily tested.
The Petrolia (Pa.) water-works have been purchased by private parties.
-Savannah, Ga., will have seven artesian wells ; five are already flowing.
—Dallas, Tex., will build a new reservoir of 100,000,000 gallons capacity.
— Dayton, O., will be supplied with water by the Bellevue Water Company,
—Sumter, S. C., is considering two propositions for the construction of water-works.
— The Connecticut House has passed the bill incorporating the Hill Water Company.
—Manhattan, Kan., is advertising for proposals for constructing a system of water-works.
—Kearney, N. J., has been authorized by the legislature to contract for a water supply system.
—The water-works question is being agitated at Claremont, N. H. D. W. Johnson is interested.
—Work on the Montclair (N. J.) water-works is in progress. Artesian wells will furnish the supply.
—The Mayor and council of Georgetown, Tex., are discussing the probable cost of water works.
—The Lamar Water and Gas Company of Lamar, Mo., will bore for water. Contract as yet unlet.
— Dennis Long, the’Louisville, Ky., manufacturer of cast iron pipes, will erec»a $100,000 building.
—The total consumption of water at Lowell, Mass., during the year 1886. was 1,441 622.640 gallons. The water supply system includes two pumping engines of 5.000,000 gallons capacity each, 429,245 feet of distribution pipes, and 773 hydrants. The supply is taken from the Merrimac river.
—The trustees of the Toledo (O.) water-works recommend the construction of settling reservoirs.
—Marshall, Ttx., is talking ot water-works. The New York Contract Company will make a proposal.
—Janesville, Wis., has voted that the water-works system there shall be built by private parties and not by the city.
—Valley Falls, Kan., is agitating the water-works question. Address R. E. Van Meter, secretary Board of Trade.
—The offices and warehouse in Boston of the Knowles Steam Pump Works have been removed to 113 Federal street.
—D. T. Packer has been chosen president, and S. H. Smith secretary and treasurer of the Anniston (Ala.) Pipe Works.
—The contract for water-works at Goldsboro, N. C„ has been awarded to Moffat, Hodgkins & Clark, of Watertown. N. Y.
—The Syracuse (N. Y.) common council has decided to call for an election on the Salmon river water supply question.
—The Massachusetts Senate last week passed bills incorporating the North Easton and the Bridgewater water companies.
—The La Grange (Tex.) Water Company, capital stock $50,000, has been incorporated by J. C. Brown, J. W. White and others.
—Lowville, N. Y., wants water-works, and last week invited Hines & Moffat of Watertown to submit plans and estimates of cost.
—W. E. Swan, clerk of the Boston water board, informs us that the board is not yet ready to commence on the water meter tests.
—Toledo, O., has 273.654 feet of water mains, and 383 hydrants. The total amount of water pumped in 1886 was 1,386,395,390 gallons.
—The Berthoud (Col.) Ditch, Reservoir and Water Company’, with a capital stock of $12,000, has been organized by F. I. Davis and others.
—It is reported that a depth of over 5200 feet has been reached in boring at Schladerbach, near Halle, by some Prussian mining engineers.
—The George F. Blake Manufacturing Company of Boston, makers of steam pumps, have removed their offices and warehouse to 111 Federal street.
—The fire pressure in the suburbs of Springfield, O., is deficient. The chief engineer of the fire department recommends the extension of the mains.
—Braintree, Mass., has voted to indefinitely postpone the consideration of its much-vexed water-works question. It will soon come up in the courts.
—Asbury Park, N. J., will vote on Ap ril 16 on the question of raising $10,000 for the improvement and completion of the water-woiks system.
—Milledgeville, Ga., talks of sinking an artesian well. Estimates for drilling will be received by T. H. De Saussure, engineer Georgia Lunatic Asylum.
—The water-works company at Omaha, Neb., will build a pumping station up the river, near Florence, a suburb. The water at present is unfit for use.
—Waterville, Me., has contracted with the Waterville Water Company for a supply. President Sewall of the Maine Central Rail Road Company is interested.
—Pittsburgh, Pa., patties have offered to construct water-works at Portland, Ind., if the city will grant a thirty years’ franchise and pay an annual rental of $3000.
—Chief Engineer Church reports a fraction over twenty-five miles of the new aqueduct finished. The total length from 135th street to Croton river is thirty-four miles.
—The Oswego (Kan.) Water Supply Company, with a capital of $100,000, has been incorporated. F. L. Greene and N. A. English of Wichita, Kan., directors.
—Charles D. Ward of Jersey City, N. J., purchased the Portsmouth, Va., water-works at auction on March 31. Mr. Ward represented the first morigage bondholders, and the works will be completed.
—John O’Neal has received the franchise for the water supply system Fredonia, Kan. There will be six miles of mains, pumps of 1,500,000 gallons capacity and a reservoir. Water will betaken from Fall River.
— A syndicate of Belgian iron manufacturers has contracted to build for ihe Buenos Ayres water-works a reservoir, covering two and one-half acres of ground. The work will require 13,000 tons of iron, one-third of which will be cast and two-thirds wrought.
—The Manufacturers’ Gazette says that notwithstanding the movement in Swaiuon, Vt., toward procuring water-works, it is said that the Swanton Suspender Company, whose works were burned some days ago, is looking for another place to locate in, its chief objection to rebuilding in Swanton being the lack of protection against fire.
—The Elgin (Ill.) council has delegated all its powers to the waterworks commissioners, and they will now make all necessary changes in the plans and may change the sources of water supply altogether. The commissioners now have exclusive control of the construction of the works.
—Judge Dykeman at White Plains has appointed William J. Ackerly, David Verplanck and Thomas Nichols commissioners to assess the damage to property caused by the building of the water-works at New Rochelle, N. Y. The selection gives great satisfaction to the propertyowners interested.
—Bids for castings for water-works for the ensuing year were opened at office of water-works board, Wheeling, W. Va., on April i, as follows: A. J. Sweeney & Son, Wheeling, W. Va., $2.75 per loo pounds; Centre Foundry Company, Wheeling, W. Va , $2.85 per too pounds. Bid awarded to A. J. Sweeney & Son.
—The new water company at Norfolk, Va., has offered to supply the city at a rental of $7500 for 100 hydrants. The company proposes to bring water to the city in the old pipes now laid, but will erect a reservoir within the city limits. The Lake Drummond Water Company is also ready to make a proposition to supply the city.
—At Westfield, Mass., it is proposed to build an additional reservoir to cover 100 acres and hold about 400,000,000 gallons. The present reservoir needs cleaning, but this would necessitate drawing off the water, leaving the town for a time dependent upon the lower, or distributing reservoir, which has a capacity of but 4 530,000 gallons.
—Breyman & Thatcher, the submarine engineers, who have the contract for laying the water-works pipe in the lake at Racine, Wis., will commence work shortly. They will first complete the river crossing, and then work on the in-take pipe in the lake. For the latter they will be obliged to dig a trench ten feet deep in the bottom of the lake in forty feet of water.
_Bids for furnishing and laying water pipe in the public grounds In Washington, D. C., were opened by Lieut. Colonel John M. Wilson on the 7th inst., as follows: Edward Gorman, $747 60; B. D. Gallagher, $7g8 ; John Lyon, $378 ; Priddy & McKee, $756 ; Alex. Termant, $646.80 ; R. G. Campbell, $763.30; Wm. Rothwell, $579-6o; Goodall & Thomas. $588 ; all of Washington.
_At Galveston, Tex., the ten-inch artesian well, which has been drilling since February in the yard of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company, last week struck water at a depth of 765 feet The success of the experiment has caused great satisfaction, nothing but the lack of fresh water having prevented several large manufacturing establishments from locating there.
—Bids for constructing a reservoir of 5,000,000 gallons capacity for the Dover water-works were opened at Dover, N. J., by IsaacS. Cassin, chief engineer, on April 9, as follows: F. A. Snow & Co., Providence, R. L, $55,000; Thomas Hayden, New York city, $r8,000 ; William H. Evans, Philadelphia, Pa, $14,500; George Strowhouer & Co., Philadelphia, Pa., $14,210 ; Reilley & Paddock, Newton, Pa., $13,754 63 ; Sommeri& Russell, Philadelphia, Pa., $13,468 ; Rooney* Finnegan, Pater, son, N. J., $13,200 ; S. L. Bartholomew, Asbury Park, N. J., $r3,t86.
—Bids for the construction of water-works were opened at Kokomo, Ind., by C. F. Springer, city clerk, on April 8 as follows : The American Water-works and Guarantee Compmy, eight miles of mains, 120 hydrants, $3400 per year, $30 each additional hydrant, contract fifteen years;’ Turner, Clark & Rawson, eight miles of mains, $3500 per year, $35 each additional hydrant, twenty years’ contract ; A. U. Grant & Co., $4200 per year, $35 each additional hydrant, twenty years’ contract. The American Water works Company’s proposition was submitted to the people on April 8, and carried by a vote of 847 to 125.
One of the most remarkable pumping engines in the United States is that located at the Lehigh zinc mine, at Friedensburg, Pa. It was designed by John West, the company’s engineer, and built by Merrick & Sons of the Southwark Foundry, Philadelphia. It is a beam and flywheel engine, the steam cylinder being no inches in diameter, with a stroke of ten feet. There are two beams on the same main centre, from the outer end of which a double line of bucket and plunger pumps is operated. The crank-shaft is underneath the steam cylinder, and there are two fly-wheels, one on each end of said shaft, the crank pins being fast in the hubs of the same. There are two connecting rods which are attached, one to each end of an end-beam pin, twenty-eight inches in diameter. The main center and crank shafts are also twenty-eight inches in diameter ; each of the two plunger poles is twenty-four inches by thirty inches in section, and all the working parts are in proportion to those above mentioned, certainly rendering this pumping engine remarkable for its size and dimensions, as welt as for its peculiarities ot construction.