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.