WATER WORKS NEWS ITEMS

WATER WORKS NEWS ITEMS

It is reported that artesian wells of the Jamestown, N. Dak., system, are going dry.

Harrisburg. Pa., has made arrangements to buy the Dauphin Water Company’s mains in Riverside, the new Fourteenth Ward, for $15,000.

The town of Middleburg, Pa., has asked the Public Service Commission for the right to acquire the plant of the Middleburg Water Company and furnish its own supply.

The new water line from the Black Creek Valley to the reservoir of the Pine Grove, Pa., system has been completed. It is three and a third miles long and cost $30,000.

The low water pressure of Oklahoma City, Okla., has materially improved since the new pump went into operation. It is capable of delivering ten millions of gallons a day.

The citizens of Charleston, S. C., have been put on water rations, and the water pressure will be shut off for sixteen hours out of every twenty-four hours until further notice.

The water supply of East Hartford, Conn., is to be increased by taking over Coldbrook stream. Damages amounting to $49,390 have been awarded to the several companies using the stream.

The water storage basins of North Adams, Mass., contain 200,000,000 gallons at this time. A year ago, according to J. B. Temple, commissioner of public works, there was almost no reserve supply.

The Newport, R. I., board of aldermen has decided to appeal from the recent decision made by the Public Utilities Commission in the suit of the city and twenty-five citizens against the Newport Water Works.

Among charters recently granted at Columbus, O., was one to the Ada Water and Light Company, Ada, O., $100,000, Fenwick Ewing, C. B. Slack, Thomas M. Kier, Mary G. Ewing, James R. Fitzgibbon, incorporators.

Encouraging progress is being made in the work of laying the mains for the new water works system which is being installed in Britton, S. D. It is expected that the system will be completed and in operation by the close of the year.

An exchange states that a Colorado town has installed sanitary street fountains which deliver cold water from mountain springs and hot water from boiling springs in the vicinity. The name of the town is unfortunately omitted.

At the plant of the Gridlev Dairy Company, Milwaukee, Wis., the public has been invited to share the water from an artesian well at the plant. A sign asks that a cent be dropped into a box for the Red Cross, for every gallon drawn. In two weeks there was a total collection of over $40 for the Red Cross.

It is suggested that as Camp Logan, which is near Houston, Tex., has a fine artesian water system and all other sanitary improvements of the most up-to-date character. it will be well to make it an addition to Houston when it ceases to be needed for a military camp.

An arrangement has been made by which Hoboken, N. J., can, in case of need, secure a supply of water from the East Jersey Water Company and thereby be guarded from danger of water shortage. The two systems have been connected for such possible emergency.

A new 100-horsepower rotary pump is to be installed at the city pumping station by the Concord, N. H., water board, to replace the present steam pumping plant. Work on the foundation for the pump has begun and it is expected that it will be ready for operation in the spring.

A committee has been appointed by the council of Winchester, Ky., to ascertain if it be possible to interest the citizens in furnishing an additional amount to be added to the $180,000 bond issue by the city to construct a municipal water plant, with the Kentucky River as the source of supply.

The wa_____er situation in New Britain, Conn., has been greatly improved by the connection with Wildcat Brook. A 75horsepower pump has been installed and 500 feet of pipe laid and it is estimated by Chairman Rossberg of the water commission, that 1,000,000 gallons of water a day can be pumped into the Whigville main.

When the new municipal water plant of Livingston, Mont., was tested upon completion, the pressure was so great when the water was turned into fire hydrants that the cap on one hydrant was blown off. The pressure was estimated at 110 pounds per inch and before the stream could be checked, the entire street for a block was flooded.

The city of Clarinda, Ia., was not satisfied with the result of the vote in the November elections which defeated the proposal to spend $75,000 for a much needed filtration plant. It was generally thought that the prevalence of influenza kept so many voters at home that the result was not a fair expression of the actual feeling in the matter, and a new election was therefore called for. It is thought certain that the measure will be passed enthusiastically.

A waste water survey is being made in a section of Toledo, O., which has been the occasion of discovering so many “leaks” of one sort and another that Service Director Goodwillie has asked the council to appropriate $2,700 to complete the work for the entire city. The director stated that already enough had been discovered to justify the expenditure. In several cases the survey found unauthorized connections made by manufacturing plants.

The corporation commission of Arizona recently issued an order holding that a public utility company cannot conduct its business on a wholly independent basis, giving or withholding service at will. The commission ruled that the MacKay Water Company had no right to shut Cobre Valley off from water just because, as the company claims, it is situated on an Indian reservation, and also ordered that water be restored to individuals whom the company had cut off because it claimed they were wasteful of water.

A contract has been signed by officials of Pitman, N. J., with the New Jersey Campmeeting Association to provide a supplementary water supply when the town’s own pumping system becomes overtaxed. There are water works in both the town and in the campmeeting grove, and when the supply of water outside gets too low, arrangements have been made for boosting it up from the grove plant. A large meter has been installed where the two systems are joined, and the borough will pay the Campmeeting Association for extra water required at a rate of 16 cents per thousand gallons.

With completion of the new city reservoir, Oklahoma City, Okla., an unlimited supply of cheap, untreated water will be available for industrial purposes. By restricting all industrial enterprises to one district it could be accomplished at a small cost to the city and at the same time afford ample railroad facilities. According to a plan suggested by Dr. Street, commissioner of public property, a low pressure main could be connected at a point between the pumping station and the city reservoir to run parallel with the Rock Island railroad, and while this would restrict industrial enterprises to one district, it would afford ample shipping facilities at a small cost and would attract manufacturing enterprises, it is thought.

The new Cameron Centrifugal pump unit, which consists of two 12-inch single stage pumps in series, has been put into service in Woonsocket, ,R. I. Under test, it exceeded the guaranteed capacity of 5,000,000 gallons by 300,000. The pump was ordered in August and is in addition to another 5,000,000-gallon pump which is to arrive in February after many months’ delay due to the war. This gives the city three pumps of this capacity, one of which will be used daily and the other two held in reserve. The daily consumption of water in Woonsocket is 2,500,000 gallons, which requires 12 hours daily service from the pump in use. The menace to Woonsocket caused by having one pump and that not of the latest design is thus removed for an indefinite period.

To eliminate all danger of the city water pipe line at McMillan, Wash., being swept away by high water, the city of Tacoma will pay one-third of the cost of bulkheading necessary to turn the Puyallup River from its destructive course. The county will pay two-thirds. The river at this point has eaten away the bank for nearly a mile in the last two years, and is now within 150 feet of the pipe line. If it goes a few feet further it will take the public school house at McMillan, and would get the pipe lin,e next. The city and county two years ago built a bulkhead at that point, but the usual freshet last year ripped the work out. Temporary barriers will be put up again this winter, and next summer the county is expected to change the course of the river entirely.

WATER WORKS NEWS ITEMS

WATER WORKS NEWS ITEMS

A new electric pump has been installed at the plant of the Iron Mountain, Minn., Water Company. The pump is a Gould triplex type, operated with a 50 H. P. motor and has a capacity of 12,500 gallons per minute.

The city council of Urbana, O., has increased the pay of all water department employes from Superintendent Burnham down. A general raise of $10 is the amount and the money was secured by abolishing the 10 per cent discount heretofore allowed for prompt payment of water hills.

Water is being shipped from Grayville. Ill., to Harrisburg, where the mines and manufacturing plants are unable to secure sufficient water to operate. The water is shipped in coal cars which have temporary tops and whole train loads are made up and shipped over the Big Four Railroad.

Recent rains in Oklahoma have held up work at some points on the water works extension now under way in the city of Blackwell, but the installation of the new units at the power house is going forward and it is still hoped that the work may be completed soon after the lirst of the year.

The Government has purchased Green Lake, a beautiful body of water east of Missionary Ridge, to furnish Fort Oglethorpe and Chickamauga Park, Tenn., with an adequate water supply. The lake is fed by several large springs and is expected to provide an abundance of pure water.

It is believed that the 4,000,000-gallon reinforced concrete reservoir now under construction at Marietta, O., will be completed before December, at a cost of about $80,000.

Work on the new 71,478-gallon reservoir for the water supply of Chaldron, O., has been started and will be prosecuted with vigor as long as the weather permits. The tank will be of reinforced concrete, 26 feet in diameter and 18 feet in depth. The walls are to be a foot thick.

Waterworks improvement at Xenia, O., that had been ordered by the Apellate Court has been stopped for the duration of the war by the Ohio branch of the Non-War Construction Board. The County Commissioners had already let the contract for the work.

Peabody, Mass., has leen fortunate enough to find an easy and inexpensive means of increasing the water supply. A local manufacturing plant, with admirable public spirit, has offered to pump into the city supply all the surplus water flowing over the company’s dam during the wet season. The city will thus gain several millions of gallons a day during three months of the year, which will furnish an ample service.

If weather conditions remain favorable, the new city reservoir will be ready to hold water in December, City Service Director Metheany, of Lima, O., believes. Work has not progressed as rapidly as would have been possible had not the labor situation interfered to such a great extent, but at the present time a large corps of men is employed and the work is being; rushed along. If it is possible to continue the work the remainder of the month and next without interference because of bad weather, the reservoir will be completed the middle of December.

An ordinance authorizing Service Director Sause to dispose of old equipment in the water works department was passed to second reading at a recent meeting of the council of Youngstown, O. Several of the members objected strongly, however, to selling the equipment, on the ground that it may be needed in case the new equipment at the pumping staiton should be damaged, in which case the city would be without water for domestic consumption.

The city of Fort Worth, Tex., recently sold machinery from the old artesian pumping system, for $8,000. Boilers, pumps, pipes and connections were included in the lot, which has been stored for nearly four years under the care of a watchman at $800 a year. The present difficulties in the way of getting new machinery will enable a number of water departments to dispose of their discarded machinery at a fair profit in addition to saving storage.

Robert Campbell, superintendent of the Milford, N. H., water works, has just bought a new apparatus for the department for thawing frozen water pipes. It is a small flash boiler, heated by gasolene, which with its attachments will run steam or hot water into the most difficult pipes. Last winter there was much damage done by frozen pipes, and the ends of two mains were not thawed until spring. Mr. Campbell thinks his new machine will be a great labor saver.

The new water system of Oklahoma City, Okla., is practically completed. The dam is 1,600 feet long and 52 feet deep and creates a reservoir of 750,000,000,000 gallons, with a sedimentation basin of 250,000,000,000 gallons. This water is brought from the North Canadian River, eight miles distant, through a 42-inch conduit to Oklahoma City.

The recent attempts have failed to induce the Board of Estimates of New York City to cancel the contracts awarded and already in operation to some extent, for the construction of the Schoharie tunnel extension to the Catskill Aqueduct system. It will be seven years before the extension is ready for use, it is estimated. It will then add 250,000,000 gallons a d.ay to the New York supply, doubling the present supply.

An airlift has been put into operation in one of the three artesian wells at the Belvidere, Ill., water works, and proves to have afforded a large increase in the supply. The steam compressor has a capacity sufficient to take care of the three wells, should it ever become necessary to put lifts in the other two, delivering 600 gallons per minute from every well.

The borough of Manheim, Lancaster county. Pa., has declared in a complaint to the Public Service Commission that it is in danger of fire because of the alleged failure of the Manheim Water Company to maintain a supply and pressure contracted for. The commission directed the company to file an answer.

Measures are being taken for beginning the work on the projected enlargement and improvement of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, waterworks system, which will include a large dam. It is said that the work will require the expenditure of between four and five millions. H. A. Pressey, who is consulting engineer for the Tulsa work, is still engaged in supervising the final details of the Oklahoma City water works and dam, now nearly finished and will assume charge of the Tulsa construction as soon as possible.

Milwaukee, Wis., hopes for relief from the serious trouble with the water supply that has made life miserable for her citizens for some time as the new intake tunnel is practically completed. This tunnel is a mile and a half north of the old intake and a half mile farther into the lake, which will greatly reduce the contamination of the water from sewage poured into the lake farther south. The new intake will cost the city approximately $2,000,000. Its total length from the shore is 6,554 feet. From its source where it is forty feet below the surface it descends gradually until the immense twelve-foot concrete shell rests eightyfive feet below the bed of the lake. Above the bed of the lake, flows sixtyseven feet of Lake Michigan, so that the tunnel is 152 feet below the surface at the crib.

The new well for furnishing a water supply for Spokane University, Wash., has been completed and a 50,000-gallon tank installed.

The Wisconsin commission dismissed the application of the Racine Water Company, which asked that the valuation made by the commission, in view of the city’s desire to purchase the plant, be nullified because of the delay of the city in taking over the plant. The commission in its decision holds that the delay has been caused by the water company’s continual litigation and not by the city.

The town of Sharon, Pa., had an unpleasant experience lately, when a 10inch main on the principal street, carrying 125 pounds pressure, burst in the night, forming an actual lake over a comparatively large area. An entire block was closed to traffic and a number of residences and business houses were without water for a day or two, during repairs. Much damage was done to asphalt and brick paving by the burst, which was due to a defective pipe, it is thought, as the line was new about a year ago.

The United States Department of Labor has established a training and dilution service, with headquarters at 618 Seventeenth street, Washington, D. C. The purposes of this service are: To ascertain the methods used in various plants for training workers; to provide information on the subject to these plants and to promote such training wherever it is necessary or desirable and to inspect the operation of such training and to co-operate with the U. S. Employment Service and other services of the Government. A close connection is being perfected between it and the productive departments of the Government (Ordnance, Quartermaster, air service, navy, and others) so as to secure prompt action when war contractors are in special difficulties, which may be relieved through the training of workers.