WATER WORKS NEWS ITEM
Workmen who used dynamite in blasting to grade a street in Philadelphia, Pa., according to a local paper, were responsible for the breaking of a 20-inch water main.
The Bridgeport Hydraulic Company, of Bridgeport, Conn., are anxious to secure Taunton pond of that city, now owned by the Newtown Water Company.
Maxwell, Iowa, is to have additions to its water works. Some time ago $15,000 was appropriated for additions and as a result today the city is installing a new tank and many new mains.
Maxwell, Iowa, has made some headway in solving the water problem. At a depth of 382 feet there seems to be an inexhaustible flow of water.
Ground has been broken for the erection of the water works plant for the town of Lockport, La. The plant will consist of a 125-foot tower with a 50,000 gallon tank. The engine is a Fairbanks-Morse.
Superintendent Charles A. Windholz, of the Bureau of Water of Syracuse, N. Y., states that nearly three and three-fourths miles of new water mains were laid during the year 1916.
Each engine in the fire department of Wilkes Barre, Pa., was recently tested in order to ascertain its pumping ability and v.hcther or not it was in good condition. All die fire apparatus were foend to be in good condition.
A 4-inch water main at the Campbell Knitting Mills, Elmira, N. Y., recently broke and caused considerable trouble. The cause of the break was due to the settling of the concrete foundation of the large water tanks above the main.
The town board of North Hempstead, N. Y., has renewed the contract for five years with thr Jamaica Water Supply Company to furnish water to New Hyde Park. The Jamaica Company will furnish water at $30 per hydrant per year.
In order to prevent the threatened water famine in Bristol, Tenn., Commissioner Samuel G. Keller has laid a pipe line from Kings Spring to the old pumping station. By this method the city officials hope to prevent the shortage and increase the water pressure.
The water wells on Gotham Hill, Watertown, N. Y., are rapidly filling with water, which, it is stated, is very unusual at this season of the year when wells are low. In some wells which are over twenty feet deep the water comes within four feet of the surface.
Service Director Merkeany, of the water department of Lima, Ohio, has received, since advertisements have appeared that bids would be received for the proposed water system improvement, sixty-two requests for copies of the plans of the proposed improvement.
At a meeting of the directors of the Dixon Water Company, of Dixon, Iowa, recently held, the resignation of John B. Crabtree, as president and director of the company, was accepted and H. A. Warner was elected president and I A. Forrest was elected vice-president and director.
At a conference between city officials of Reading, Pa., and the Glenside Water Company, which supplies a suburb recently annexed to the city, the company agreed upon $35,000 as the price at which it will sell its plant to the city and the purchase will likely be made.
Mr. George G. Anderson, of Los Angeles, Cal., the hydraulic engineer secured by Mayor McKesson, of Colorado Springs, Col., several months ago to make a water survey, recently made a report stating that the city should make changes in the water system to the extent of $750,000.
Water Works Superintendent S. L. Etnvre, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, has received a communication from the executive committee of the Iowa section of the American Water Works Association, informing him it is the choice of committee that the 1917 convention of the section be held in Council Bluffs. The date of the meeting has not yet been deter-
The town officials of Irvington, N. J., recently asked permission to purchase water from the South Orange Water Department. It is stated the village officers of South Orange are not inclined to grant the request and the result is that Irvington may install a new water system. Irvington is now securing water from the Commonwealth Water and Light Company of Summit.
The Stamford Water Company, of Connecticut, recently petitioned the Superior Court for an order authorizing it to build a storage reservoir in Stamford, near the village of Highbridge, claiming that its present facilities are not adequate for the purpose of supplying water to the residents of Stamford, mined.
The Borough Council of Roaring Spring, Pa., is disturbed over the water supply of this community. The water has been obtained from a mountain, but recently the supply has decreased until it was necessary to pump water from a local spring. The sentiment of the council is that the mountain supply should be handled in such a manner as would guarantee plenty of water at all seasons of the year.
The Public Utilities Committee of the Board of Aldermen of St. Louis, Mo., recently held a hearing on a bill to make water meter rates 9 1-3 cents per thousand gallons, and make a reduction of 10 per cent, on the flat rate. The bill complies with an order of the Public Service Commission. Water Commissioner Wall said a majority of water users would have a lower rate under the new ordinance than under the present one.
The Jamaica Water Company of New York has purchased pipes for six miles of water mains. The management of this company, in making the announcement in connection with the purchase of this instalment of new equipment, stated that the new extensions were made necessary by the demands of the company arising from the rapid increase in population in the Morris Park, South Jamaica and other outlying sections. This population already is installed in these districts, and a much larger increase is expected following increased transit facilities.
Frederic V. Pitney, hydraulic engineer, has been employed by the Board of Water Commissioners to make an investigation of the watershed along Compton’s Brook with a view to using the water as an additional supply for Dover, N. J. Compton’s Brook is the overflow from Dalrymple’s Pond at Center Grove and is fed from never-failing springs. It is the purpose of the commissioners to build a dam at the upper end of Penn avenue, from which point the impounded waters will flow, by. gravity, to the present low service reservoirs.
The water department of Canton, Ohio, has recently created a new position, construction engineer for the water works department, to have charge of water line construction and the drilling of test wells. The construction engineer will be appointed by the director of public service from a list of eligibles certified by the Civil Service Commission. Council placed the annual salary for the position at $1,500. The establishment of the position came upon the request of Director McClaskey.
Superintendent E. H. Dunnure, of the water works of Lawrence, Kans., recently made a report on the water plant to the city government. The water works was purchased from a private water company the first of the year and it looks, according to Superintendent Dunmire, as if the water department is keeping its head above water on the basis of present water rates. The expenditures since the city took charge of the plant have been unusually heavy, as a considerable amount of construction has been done
Commissioner of Water Dusinberre of Cleveland, O.. is sending notices to all large water consumers that they must install a bypass around their meters, so meter tests may be made by the city without interrupting service. Commissioner Dusinberre said unless there is a means of shutting off the flow through the meter without interrupting service, water division employees are required to work overtime and on Sundays to make tests. The consumers are required to pay the cost of installing the devices.
The citizens of Pauls Valley, Okla., are to have a new water works system. Several months ago the city voted $16,000 in water bonds, and advertised for contracts to deliver to the city sufficient water for its needs. A Texas company was the successful bidders, guaranteeing to deliver to the city 250,000 gallons of water per day. The company has struck a gusher flow of water and A. C. McCord, city engineer, announced that the required amount of water will be furnished. For years Pauls Valley has labored under the dread of a short water supply, and thousands of dollars have been spent on reservoirs, dams, etc.
The formal transfer of the deed of the private water company of Defiance, Ohio, to the city was recently made. Attending the meeting to witness and to participate in the transfer of the deed were city officials, members of the City Council, members of the special water works committee and citizens. The president of the water company opened the meeting by stating that he had the pleasure of transferring the deed to the city of Defiance, and formally presented it to Mayor Bronson, as the agent of the city. Mayor Bronson made a short speech. Addresses were made by members of the City Council and the water department.
The franchise which was entered into by the town of Williamstown, W. Va., with the Williamstown Water, Light and Power Company, provided for free water for fire protection purposes. The franchise expires this month and the company demands that when a new contract is signed the town must pay at the rate of $39 per year for each fire plug within the corporation limits and that for every five hundred feet of main line put down a new fire plug be installed. There are now twenty-one fire plugs in Williamstown and at the $30 rate this would come to $630 per year. A special committee appointed by the Williamstown Council recently discussed the matter with representatives of the corporation and the matter is to come before the Council for action at an early meeting.
The American Water Works Association has issued Volume 3, No. 4 of the Journal of the Association, dated December, 1916, and containing a large number of papers read before the Association and various sections of the Associations besides Question Box and other discussions at the Association meeting. The papers in the volume include: “Recovery of Spent Lime at the Columbus Water Softening and Purification Works,” by Charles P. Hoover; “Some Problems of the State Water Laboratory,” by L. H. Van Buskirk; “The Mt. Kisco Sewage Disposal Plant,” by T. D. L. Coffin and F. E. Hale; “Tests for Baccilus Coli as an Indicator of Water Pollution,” by C. E. A. Winslow; “A New Raw Water Supply for the City of McKeesport, Pa..” by E. C. Trax; “A Comparison of ‘Temporary Hardness’ with Alkalinity in Natural Waters,” by A. M. Buswell and “Freezing of Water in Subaqueous Mains Laid in Salt Water and in Mains and Services Laid on Land,” by William Whitlock Brush, and “Experience with Leadite in Jointing Cement Lined Water Pipe,” by W. H. Buck.