WATER SUPPLY FOR PANAMA.

WATER SUPPLY FOR PANAMA.

The system of water supply for the city of Panama, as arranged by Secretary Taft, consists of a main impounding reservoir, at an elevation of approximately 235 feet above the level of the sea, containing enough water to supply the city of Panama with 2,000,000 gallons daily—an average on the basis of 30,000 population, which was at least fifty per cent, in excess of the present number of inhabitants. The water is conducted to the immediate vicinity of Panama through a sixteen-inch main, and discharged into an auxiliary reservoir of 1,000,000 gallons capacity, situated at an elevation of approximately 140 feet above the sea level in the immediate vicinity of Panama, from which the water was conducted through a twenty-inch pipe to a connection with the distributing system in the city. Numerous delays occurred in the construction of this water supply system, due to the fact that the last shipment of sixteen-inch pipe for the water main did not arrive on the isthmus until May, 1905—eight months after the requisition for it had been issued. The system w*as in final readiness for the delivery of water in the city of Panama at the close of June, 1905, although the auxiliary reservoir and the full local distribution still required several months for completion.

At Sidney, fa., a new city well has been sunk to a depth of sixty-five feet and bricked up to the surface. The city’s large well, also, will probably be sunk to a greater depth.

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