WATER WORKS ITEMS FROM ALL PARTS.
(FROM SPECIAL REPORTS TO FIRE AND WATER.)
Crystal Lake, Ia., is figuring on the cost of a waterworks system.
Howard G. Arms is chief engineer of the waterworks of Bristol, Conn.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, waterworks company proposes to sell its plant for $350,000.
Red Oak, Ia., has its water pumped by an electric power concern, and thus saves $2,800 a year.
Millions of gallons of water are wasted every month in Cleveland, Ohio, and it is proposed to sell the water by meter.
Dakota, Ill., has no water supply and a correspondent says it will “likely not have one until a big tire wakes the people up.”
Lockport, N. Y., is moving in the direction of a new water supply, and may bond itself in $200,000 for a new pumping station.
The Spring Brook Water Supply company has purchased the water business of the Pennsylvania Coal company, of Pittston.
There is a lot of trouble in Elyria, Ohio, about its water supply, owing, it is said, to the business men wanting to adopt a lake source.
The Circuit court has refused to grant W. H. Wheeler’s contention as to his legal right to a waterworks franchise at Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
In cities where over fifty per cent, of the taps are metered the average consumption is sixty-four gallons; where meters are not used, 160 gallons.
The poor water supply in many parts of Utah is blamed for the prevalence of so much typhoid fevet in the State. The State board of health has taker, the matter up.
Contracts have been awarded the Hersey Manufacturing company and the Union Water Meter company for furnishing about 1,000 meters to the waterworks of Albany, N. Y.
The Springfield, Ohio, waterworks plant must be improved. The cost of such improvements will amount to $100,000, which sum includes $32,000 for a punming engine.
An Ottawa, Ohio, paper says: “Let us have waterworks. The plan by which we secure them is a secondary matter. We need waterworks for every reason that any town needs such a thing.”
The Thomson Meter company, of 70 Washington street, Brooklyn. New York, announces that on January 8th, 1902, it stamped water meter No. 200,000. which was shipped to the Duluth waterworks. Duluth, Minn.
Bonds are not needed to carry out the proposed itn provements to the water system of Kansas City, Mo The total expenditure recommended is $579,000. and covers a period of five years; the plant is clearing $300,000 a year,
A couple of the best old line fire insurance com patties doing business in Wisconsin have announced that they will do no more business in any cities of that State which have not waterworks. Others may follow their example.
The Supreme court of Kansas will decide whethet or not a municipal waterworks system may be taxed The county commissioners are taxing Wellington, which recently purchased a private company’s plant which has always paid taxes.
H. W. Colter, who for several years past has had charge of the pumping station of the Florence. Ala. Water company, has left to become assistant super intendent of the waterworks at Tuscaloosa. Mr Colter is a popular and efficient waterworks man
From Neosha, Mo., comes a local report as follows: “A petition to the city council has been presented asking that the city waterworks system be put in good condition so as to furnish water to all the citizens before passing any ordinance providing for electric lights.”
The Stillwater, Minn., Water company proposes that a committee from the hoard of aldermen shall consider the difference with the company on the basis of a ten-year renewal of franchise and lowering of the hydrant rental by $2,000 a year.
Water Commissioner Dougherty, of New York, has received a letter from a man living in Wakefield, who says that several streets in that town and in Williamsbridgc have not had any water for some days. Both places are supplied by the Westchester Water company.
The Fremont. Ohio, Journal says: “The water problem was one to which the water board gave long and patient study and investigation. Its members spent a great deal of time and money in ascertaining the expense, efficiency and construction of the various meters, and the advisability of the meter system itself. Thcv came to the conclusion that the system was the only practicable one.”
A dispatch to FTRK AND WATER from Springwater. N. Y., says: “We have no waterworks here. The effort to provide a system was hetd up by a few, although the law with regard to our application was The McKeesport, Pa., waterworks plant has proved a paying investment for the city during the past year. The receipts for January were $11,256.29 —an increase of $512.24 over those of January, 1900
A report from Jamestown, N. Dak., says that the council is “wrestling with the problem of supplying the city with sufficient water without making the expense too great. At present the pumping is being done by the Jamestown Electric Light company, but the system is expensive and unsatisfactory to many patrons.”
It is stated in a St. Petersburg, Russia, dispatch, from Seoul, that an American firm, Coleman & Bostwick, has secured a concession for waterworks for the Corean capital. The firm will pay $1,800,000, Corean, in three annual instalments.
The Free Press, of Detroit, Mich., says that the water board has awarded the contract for watergates to the Co-operative Foundry company. The contract for water pipe was awarded to the American Car & Foundry company at $25.50 per ton. The United States Cast Iron Pipe & Foundry company bid $26; and R. D. Wood & Co., from $28 to $31.50.
At Fargo, N. Dak., the superintendent of the waterworks, after a test for two or three weeks, thinks that under ordinary conditions lignite coal is a good fuel for the pumping station, but doubts its efficacy when great and sudden fire pressure is necessary. The latter point will be further investigated.
Chatham, N. Y., has entered into a five-years’ contract with the local watreworks company for a supply for the fifty-one hydrants in the village at $40 a year for each; $5,0 to be paid the company whenever the location of a hydrant is changed. The village may also use free 600,000 gallons yearly for flushing sewers, streetsprinkling, and sanitary purposes.
The Iowa City, Iowa, Republican states that the city has a new water system; the change has been made from gravity to air-pressure. The old tower and tank have been removed and in their stead are two steel tanks with a capacity each of 11,000 gallons.
The Brockton, Mass., Times says that the finance committee of that city has voted against an underground water supply, which would lead to taking water from Silver Lake.
From Kansas City, Mo., a report says: “Parties in Kansas City are using thousands of gallons of city water without paying for it. Daniel O’Byrne, assessor and collector of water rates, Ins discovered three cases of this sort already, and he is of the Opinion that there are hundreds of others like them.” This is very agreeable news for the taxpayers of Kansas City; but, like all progressive Western towns, it takes only a short time to create, but a long time to discover trouble.
The people of Jersey City. N. J., must be tired of hearing of Flynn. It is about twelve months since Flynn received the contract to furnish that city with water. So far, he has been unable to comply with the terms of his contract. Must the politicians of that belated city pin their faith to .Flynn? It certainly looks that way. A cyclone seems to be the only effectual method of clearing off the horrible stench of the Jersey Augean stable. Who is Flynn anyhow?
The Ann Arbor. Mich., Water company has secured an injunction against the city, the mayor and the marshal to restrain them from enforcing the pm visions of the recent ordinance which cuts down rates now being charged by nearly onehalf. A bill in chancery is also filed, which seeks to have the ordinance declared null and void on the ground that it impairs the obligations of a contract within the meaning of the constitution of Michigan and of the United States and that it fixes unreasonable rates on the company.
According to a local paper, the Webster City, Ia., water tank seems not to be very satisfactory. The paper says: “The big water tank which Judge Whittaker recently decided Webster City must accept from Contractor Quackenbush has just been tested and has been found to leak badly; not in one or two places, but seemingly all over.”
A press report from Waukesha, Wis., says: “The second test of the water pressure furnished by the waterworks company was apparently a failure, although much better results were obtained this time than at the last. It is generally conceded that the company failed to come up to the requirements of he franchise, by throwing eight simultaneous streams from Light different hydrants 100 feet in the air.”
The McKeesport, Pa., News is very eulogistic about the water supply of that town. It says: “The reports of the waterworks officials indicate that the plant is a pretty good thing for the city. During the past year it has not only paid all expenses, but has paid a very neat sum on extensions. It must not be forgotten, however, that to maintain the efficiency of the plant as the city grows it will be necessary each year to replace portions of the old mains with new and larger pipes and to keep the old machinery in good repair.”
Southington, Conn., has brought suit against the local water company to compel it to show cause why the right, franchise, and plant of the company should not be vested in and become the property of the town of Southington. Under the act of 1883 the town subscribed for $15,000 of the $60,000 of the water company’s capital stock, with the privilege of a twenty-year purchase option. The purchase price was to be the cost of the work, plus six per cent, interest, less all dividends declared. A demand by the town for a statement of the company’s condition, with a view to putting the plant under municipal ownership, is said to have been denied by the secretary of the company, and suit is now being brought.
Newburyport, Mass., water company will appeal from the decision of the United States Circuit court in Boston to the Supreme court in Washington and that the necessary papers will be filed at once. The water case has been in litigation for seven years, and, if the case remains in the courts, it is not expected that a decision will be reached inside of three years, with the nrohability that more time will elapse. With this end in view, it is said that an effort will be made to effect a partial settlement by the city with the company, the plan being to pay the commissioners’ award, $275,000. with interest, and to await the action of the United States Supreme court relative to the question of earning capacity, which the company claims should be a matter for compensation, before the final settlement is made.
The waterworks expert committee of Kansas City. Mo., recommends the expenditure of $125,000 during the present year and a total expenditure of $525,000 before the end of 1905; the installation of a 25,000,ooo-gallon pump at Quindaro; the construction of the thirty-inch main between Kaw Point and Bell street now under way; the adoption of George Shelley’s plans for giving increased fire protection; the construction of a sixty-four-inch steel main in order to safeguard against accident to the main now in use; the modernising of the plant at Turkey creek station; the laying of a twenty-four-inch main on Baltimore avenue from Seventeenth street to the center of the husiness district: a special high pressure fire system for the territory lying north of Thirteenth street and between Washington and McGee streets; the use of liberal sized mains and fire steamers in the higher elevated districts of the city; the laying of additional mains in the West bottoms.