WATER WORKS NEWS
NOTE—Special Water Business News, with Proposals, etc., will be found on page 607.—EDITOR.
A large dam is being constructed at Kulpsville, Ohio, for fire protection purposes.
The board of commissioners of Paterson, N. J., recently awarded contracts for the extension of mains on five streets and avenues.
A newly formed co-operation is the Prestonburg, Ohio, Water Company, with a capital of $30,000, the incorporators being G. C. Davis, H. D. Fitzpatrick and G. P. Archer, all of Prestonburg.
Water was turned into the new mains laid by the department of water in Oswego, N. Y., on September 9. The trenching work in these new mains, which occupy the separate streets, was done by contract.
A force of men has been repairing the dam for the Thomaston reservoir of the Plymouth, Conn., water system. The dam will be rip-rapped with stone and a stone gatehouse will replace the present wooden structure.
The new water works of Bigspring, Neb., which have been building for the past year, are now completed and in operation. Two wells thirty feet deep, with twenty-six feet of water in each, will supply the town.
J. S. Scholl, receiver for the Girard, Ohio, Water Company, has made an offer to the city council to sell the entire water plant for $140,000. The plant was recently appraised, engineers engaged by the water company placing the value at $168,000 and the local officials at $122,000.
The city of Wall, S. Dak., expects very soon to start work on its new system of water works, which includes a large dam, reservoir and filters, with a steel standpipe of 25,000-barrels capacity to give the necessary pressure in the mains. The plans are being prepared by H. R. Alvion, civil engineer, of Deadwood, S. Dak.
Colonel Sherrill, engineering officer in charge of public buildings and grounds in Washington, D. C., in a report submitted to General Beach, who is chief of engineers, advocates federal control of the watershed of Rock Creek in Montgomery County, saying that such control is essential for the preservation of the water supply and the improvement and perpetuation of tree growth.
A survey, being made for the purpose of determining the cost of a dam and reservoir on Spavinaw Creek and a 65-mile pipe line to furnish a new water supply for Tulsa, Okla., is fully under way and is progressing rapidly. The Holway Engineering Company of Tulsa, with J. D. Trammell of Fort Worth, Texas, consulting, are the engineers on this work, and it is expected that a report and estimate will be submitted by them early in November.
The city commissioners of Logan, Utah, on August 10 appropriated $500 for use of the Logan Water Users’ Association in making preliminary surveys and conducting investigations as to the feasibility of the proposed new reservoir at Twin Bridges in Logan Canyon. This, together with $100 appropriated by the county and other amounts promised, will give the water users sufficient funds to conduct extensive investigations and make the necessary surveys.
The department of street and public improvements of Newark, N. J.. has been reorganized by Director Raymond and the division of water created with John A. Foulks, present assistant chief examiner of the civil service commission, in charge. Morris R. Sherrerd, present chief engineer of the department, will be retained as consulting engineer at the same salary he now receives. Director Raymond has promised to avoid any possibility of raising the water rates in Newark.
Suit has been brought in the district court at Gretna, La., against the McDonoghville Water, Power and Improvement Company, Ltd., seeking the appointment of a receiver. Tobias McCabe, who brings the suit, alleges that the company, which was organized several years ago for the purpose of furnishing water, light and power to the residents of Jefferson parish, is insolvent, that the stockholders have not elected officers for some time, and the property is to be sold for taxes.
The state department of conservation and development in New Jersey has compiled a new pocket edition entitled “Laws and Rules Relative to Public Water Supplies and Erection of Dams in New Jersey.” This compilation brings up to date all of the statutes relating to the diversion of water, erection of dams, water supply districts and construction of reservoirs; the laws giving municipalities authority to obtain a public water supply as well as miscellaneous legislation bearing on the subject. The publication is illustrated by photographs, maps, etc.
The East Bay Water Company, California, has petitioned for authority to increase its bonded indebtedness by $50,000,000 and its stock issue by $6,000,000. This will mean an increase of the authorized amount of indebtedness from $16,250,000 to $66,250,000, and the increase of the capital stock for $9,500,000 to $15,000,000. A part of the proposed new financing is to complete the purchase of the Union Water Company previously authorized by the state railroad commission. The purchase price is $1,000,000 to be paid $825,000 in bonds and $275,000 in preferred stock of the East Bay Water Company.
As a result of a campaign against landlords in arrears for water payments the Lawrence, Mass., water department shut off water from a block of tenements owned by a citizen of the city. The board of health has now stepped in and given the landlord forty-eight hours in which to arrange for the resumption of water service on the ground that the public health was endangered by shutting off of the water. It is reported that one person is sick and another on the verge of being ill on account of shutting off the w’ater. The board also notified the water department to turn on immediately the water which had been cut off.
The Zanesville, Ohio, council on September 12 abolished the office of superintendent of water works and created the offices of supervisor of construction and supervisor of taps, each paying the salary of $110 per month. The passage of this ordinance grew out of the vacancy created in the office of superintendent of water works by the death of the late Fred Haehlen, who had filled the position for many years. The abolition of the office is claimed to be a measure of economy as the city w’ill save the amount of the superintendent’s salary, the two men who Were his assistants being able to carry on the work efficiently.
Three cement mixing machines have been added to the mechanical equipment in order to rush the construction of the new 10,500,000-gallon subsidiary reservoir in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The increased equipment is expected to insure the completion of the big reservoir this autumn, a year in advance of the contract limit for the completion of the w’ork. The plans for the improvements were jointly drawn up by Superintendent Etnyre and Engineer J. Chris Jensen. While the new basin will be auxiliary to the present 8,000,000-gallon reservoir, it will be a great improvement upon the original, being, it is said, the last word in reservoir construction.
The mystery of the unusually heavy drain on the water supply of Fall River, Mass., which has been worrying the members of the department from Superintendent John W. Moran dowm, they fearing a serious leak in one of the w’ater mains, was solved when it was discovered that the plant of the New England Oil Refining Company had changed from salt water to domestic water without notifying the department. The discovery was made in the checking up process by water department officials at the plant of the company. Previous to this Superintendent Moran with a force of men had covered all sections of the city and they finally located the source of the drain on the water supply in this manner, when in checking up on the main supplying the company they found the heavy drain upon it. Knowing that this drain should not exist under ordinary conditions they followed it up and discovered the cause. A master meter is to be installed at the plant, it having been ordered some weeks ago. It is said that the bill that the water department will present to the company for the use of this water will mount up into the thousands of dollars.
The services of Louisville. Ky., which are supplied by the Louisville Water Company, of which John Chambers is chief engineer and superintendent, numbered in 1920 44,681, of which 5,928 were metered. The average daily consumption of 1920 was 32,112,417 and the per capita rate was 107 gallons daily. Mr. Chambers was appointed on May 1, 1921, upon the resignation of James B. Wilson, who had held the position of superintendent since 1914.
The Elizabethtown, N. J., Water Company, which serves Elizabeth, Union and Hillside, has placed an extra crew of ten men on the work of installing w’ater meters in order to reduce the waste of water in the company’s services. The company has decided to shut off the water supply of any persons objecting to the installation or interfering with the workmen, and the water will not be turned on again until ordered by the public utility commission.
The water department of Springfield, Ohio, which is under the superintendency of George S. Cotter, is 62 per cent, metered and has a total of 12,544 services, of which in March, 1921, 7,803 were supplied with meters. The average pumpage per day for the first three months of 1921 was 9,844,875 gallons, being a per capita consumption of 150 gallons daily. Mr. Cotter has served in his present position thirteen years and also previously seven years. Besides this he had been engineer at the pumping station for eleven years.
The new filtration plant of Terrell, Tex., will be completed on October 1, according to an announcement by the chairman of the city commission of Terrell.
Drinking water supplied to the city of Binghamton, N. Y., according to the report of the city bacteriologist, is in an excellent condition and shows no sewage bacteria in the raw or filtered water but an abundance of algae.
The water of Muskogee, Okla., it is claimed, is one of the purest in the state, analyses by the water department showing this. The 6,000,000-gallon settling basin has just been cleaned and less than eighteen inches of mud was found on the bottom. Last year eight feet was scraped out of the basin.
A fourteen-year-old youth of Cooperstown, N. Y., was arrested last month charged with a violation of the penal law for placing carbide in the public drinking fountain. The boy was arraigned and pleaded guilty. The court administered a severe lecture and paroled him for three months upon his promise not to repeat the offense.
Health Officer Craster of Newark, N. J., has compiled a history of forty-one cases of typhoid fever reported since January, the causes of which he has investigated. According to his statement not a single rase reported has been traced to the water supplies of Newark, although liquids taken out of town were responsible for a number of persons being stricken with the disease.
A citizen of Woodward Avenue, Queens, New York City, has applied to Supreme Court Justice Faber in Brooklyn for an injunction restraining the Citizens’ Water Supply Company of Newtown from increasing its rates approximately fifty per cent. The application follows closely upon a suit in which the city sought to enjoin the increase.
Meter rates have been established by an ordinance in South Amboy, N. J., as follows: For each one hundred cubic feet of water consumed the consumer shall be required to pay the sum of 30c. per 100 cubic feet, provided, however, that where the consumption of water amounts to not less than
1,000cubic feet per day that water commissioner shall have the right and authority to certify to the city collector a cash discount not to exceed 70 per cent, which shall be graduated and applied by the water committee.
The Monmouth Water Company of New Jersey has submitted to its consumers a statement of an increase in rates for metered service, to be effective on October 15 if favorable action is taken by the state public utility commission.” The company announces a fixed charge to each consumer for each meter used as follows:
The following is the schedule of rates: For the first 10,000 gallons used in the quarter, 30 cents per 1,000 gallons, an increase of five cents; for the next 15,000 gallons, 25 cents per 1,000gallons, an increase of three cents; for the next 25,000 gallons, 20 cents per 1,000 gallons, an increase of two cents; for all over 50,000 gallons, 15 cents per 1,000 gallons, an increase of two cents.
All rates heretofore filed for fire protection, the company’s notice reads, for special services and for water for building purposes, remain the same.
A modified schedule of increased rates asked for by the Gravity Water Supply Company, operating in the township of Bedminster and Bernards, N. J., has been approved by the public utilities commission of New Jersey. The new rates are as follows: First 10,000 gallons per quarter, 45 cents per 1,000 gallons; for next 20,000 gallons, 37 cents; next 30,000 gallons, 33 cents; next 90,000 gallons, 30 cents; for all in excess of 150,000 gallons, 25 cents. The minimum quarterly bill to be rendered, under the new schedule, is fixed at $4.
Contract for sewer construction has been awarded by the city council of Forsyth, Mont.
A contract for the construction of sewers to the amount of $65,000 has been let in North Platte, Neb. The work of construction is to begin at once.
A contract has been let by Wapakoneta, Ohio, for the extension of the outlet of an intercepting sewer emptying into the Auglaize River to a point 4,000 feet westward, the amount of the contract being $16,678.80.
A proposed sewerage system is being considered in Rochester, Minn., which will provide for trunk lines and laterals as the present sewer system is considered inadequate. City Engineer Charles Armstrong will submit plans for the new system.
A case showing that the city of Marquette, Mich., intends to enforce the ordinance requiring proper sewer connections on residence streets was that of a property owner who was assessed $50 for failure to connect with the sewer in the street.