Water Supply of Grand Rapids.
Speaking of the water supply at Grand Forks, N. Dak., a local paper has the following: “The newer methods of fighting fires in New York is virtually a return to the method we have used in this city since the installation of our present water system, plus a few improvements, shows that if we give the proper attention to hose and ladders there is no danger that we shall fall behind in up-to-date equipment.” Some arrangements, however, should be made for a future supply of sand for filtration purposes. With an increase in settling basins, less sand will be needed, and it is possible so to increase the settling-basin capacity that one filling of the filterbed would last for a number of years. At the present cost it would mean such a saving to the city that it would offset the original expenditure for basins as well as increase the efficiency of the filter.