Water Supply of Colorado Springs.
High up in the Rocky Mountains, nineteen miles away, under the shadow of Bike’s Beak, where there is absolutely no possibility of pollution and a never-failing supply from torrential rains and melting snows, the city of Colorado Springs, Colo., has located its source of water supply. A chain of reservoirs for the most part natural lakes, with inexpensive engineering betterments, each capable of holding hundreds of millions of gallons, collect the water, which is of exceptional purity, it is stored at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet above sea-level and piped into the city under a head that insures a perfect pressure service for domestic consumption and fire-protection service. Some idea of the magnitude of the city’s water resources may be gathered from the dimensions of the latest addition to its reservoirs, known as No. 4. It has an area of 120.93 acres, an average depth of 39 feet and a capacity of 864,544,000 gallons, which has already been tested to the extent of 642,000,000 gallons. Its construction cost $160.000. For a city of its magnitude Colorado Springs has an exceptionally fine water supply, a factor of no small moment in the establishment and maintenance of its fame as a health resort.