WATER WORKS OF QUINCY, ILL.
The Water Works Company of Quincy, Ill., is planning a number of important improvements in its plant, and has placed orders for 300 tons of pipe—sufficient for three miles of extensions to be made during the current year. A sixteen inch main is to be laid on Front street from Maine to State streets, for, the benefit of the southern part of the city. The wants of East Quincy are also to be attended to.
The value of Quincy’s system of filtration was never more clearly proved than at present, when the floods are rendering the river water thick with mud. After filtration, however, the water is chemically pure. In the first place the large settling reservoir in the rear of the filtering plant removes much of the foreign matter. The filters themselves were entirely refilled last summer, and the water now passes through four feet of Minnesota sand and crushed quartz When the water is muddy, as it is at present, the filters are thoroughly cleansed twice every day. From the filter wells the water is pumped into the great storage reservoir, whence it is delivered to consumers. The water works company expended $50,000 for improvements last year, and this year will expend an additional $25,000.
The contemplated improvements of the Gloucester, Mass., reservoir will call for almost an entire reconstruction.