Water Works Improvements at Freeport
The water works system of Freeport, Ill., always conspicuous for its excellence, is being greatly improved. A third pumping engine is being installed. Its capacity will be 4,000,000 gallons. The first pump installed last century in the ’80s has a capacity of 1,500,000 gallons; the capacity of the second, of many years later, is 3,000,000. A large reservoir of concrete, of which a part is partly in the ground, has been built, and a new boiler of much larger size than that at present in use is to be placed in the pumping station. To make room for that, the old coal bins south of the station have been removed. The new bins will be under the tracks of the Illinois Central, which will admit of the coal being dumped into the bins (these will be concrete) direct from the cars. New filter tanks have been added, and a wing finished with concrete has been built at the present station in which the new pump is being installed. The water supply of the city is as excellent in quality as it is abundant in quantity.
For the Jefferson-Plaquemine drainage works New Orleans, La., has ordered a $100,090 Baldwin pumping plant to be installed which, when finished, it is claimed will be the largest in the world. Its capacity will ultimately be nearly 900,000.000 eallons in 24 hours. Five pumps are to he installed, whose full capacity is rated at about 750,000 gallons a minute—about 70 times the amount of water daily consumed in New Orleans.