WATER SUPPLY AT MASSILLON.
(Specially written for FIRE AND WATER.)
MASSILLON, OHIO, August 23, 1902.
Though the service of the Massillon Water Supply company has never been anything else than firstclass, the present stage may be said to be the most efficient of its sixteen years’ existence. Nine years ago. when the company undertook the sinking of artesian wells, to replace the supply theretofore drawn front Sippo lake, such wells were regarded as highly experimental in this section of the country. Today the best wisdom and practicability of the change is found in the bountiful supply of spring water in which Massillonians delight when at home, and of which they think when abroad. Wisconsin has always been noted for the quality of water flowing from its artesian wells. Comparative analyses, made some time ago show that the Massillon water, with immaterial variations in the elements, is .almost the counterpart of that of Wisconsin s most noted springs, and absolutely pure in quality. In this latter respect especially, and also in the miantity available. Massillon’s supply stands upon a footing of its own. The wells are six in number, each 200 feet in depth. From them water is forced into the standpipe, which is constantly kept filled. This insures a supply to the city for a reasonable period in the event that the pumping machinery should become disabled. Water can also be forced directly through the mains. The records of the company show that during the past year 218,933,778 gallons of water were pumped out of the wells, making an average of nearly 600,000 gallons per day. The capacity of the plant, however, is nearly “5,000,000 gallons per day. The pumping station itself is equipped with the most powerful and modem pumping machinery. One of the pumps in common and daily use forces through the mains the water for daily consumption. The other set is used only in case of fire. The moment that the indicator with which the station is equinoed indicates an alarm of fire, the unseen forces which are back of the firemen in all their efforts to check fires are all at work. The powerful pressure pumps are started, and it is their effective work in all emergencies that enables Massillon firemen to say that never since the equipment of the plant have thev known what an insufficient water presure is The average fire pressure is 100 pounds, with the possibility of a pressure much more powerful—so powerful, in fact, that the force of the stream would be such as to render it much less useful for firefighting purposes. In addition to the supply from the wells, the system is so arranged, that the reservoir can be relied upon for a reserve supply. This, however, has never occurred in the history of the wells.
In excavating on West street, Trenton, N. J., the workmen came tmon an old cistern which was in use about fifty years ago for furnishing wafer to the fire department in case of fire.