Water Works Statistics Concerning a Few Illinois Cities
According to figures furnished by the city clerks and the water companies of the cities in Illinois listed below, following are the daily averages pumped and the population according to the census of 1910:
The following table shows the daily average amount per person pumped in these cities:
A number of the cities in this list are in close proximity to a river with which factories can make direct connection for their water supply if they so wish. In quite a number of them arc well systems, and in some places these are supplemented by creek or river supplies. In all of them there are times when the water works question is paramount, with perhaps a city like Evanston, which is able to take its supply from Lake Michigan, an exception. The following brief mention tells how the supplies are obtained:
In Joliet the sources of supply arc artesian and driven wells and Hickory creek. There are eleven of these artesian and 20 driven wells. The cost of the plant is estimated at $600,000. The two reservoirs have a combined capacity of 1,450,000 gallons. Abandoned quarries furnish a supply also.
Evanston draws its supply from Lake Michigan. The plant cost $625,000, and the annual revenue is $115,000, the expense $50,000. On December 16 last, $180,000 was voted for a filter plant. The plant furnishes from 3.000,000 to 13,000,000 gallons a day, according to the needs.
In Jacksonville a creek and lake furnish the supply. The system cost $350,000 and the annual revenue is $30,000. The distributing reservoir holds 2,700,000 gallons and it is situated about a mile from the center of the city.
Moline gets its supply from the Mississippi river. The system has cost $448,529.43. With it is a filter plant. The annual revenue is $44,512.15, and the expenditure $35,284.41. Bonds to the amount of $164,000 have recently been sold for extensions and betterments.
In Elgin the supply comes from artesian wells and the Fox river. The city owns the plant. The artesian wells are four in number, and range from 1,300 to 2,006 feet in depth. There arc no shallow wells. There are reservoirs for receiving the artesian water.
Springfield has a plant that has cost to date a million dollars. The sources of water are galleries, wells and the Sangamon river. The annual revenue is $130,000.
Aurora depends on artesian wells, of which there are five, 2,250 feet deep. The total cost was $700,000. The annual revenue is about $60,000, with expenses the same. There is a reservoir of 1,315,000 gallon 1½ miles from the center of the city.
The Bloomington water supply comes from four large shallow wells 100 feet deep. The total cost was $200,000. The plant has just been reOuilt at a cost of $150,000.
The Peoria water supply comes from eight W_____s _____ _____ _____eet which daily furnish 10,000,000 gallons. The reservoir is 3 miles irom the court House and 1 mile trom tile pumping station, and lias a capacity ot 21,000,000 gallons. THe plant is owned by a private company.
Decatur gets its supply from the Sangamon river, the cost of the plant was $i50,00o. the annual revenue is $58,780.61, ana the expense $oO,4o3.28. The reservoir is situated about tnreequarters of a mile from the business district and contains 3,000,000 gallons.
Uttawa gets its supply from artesian wells, which it can readily uo as the St. Peter s sandstone crops out in that locality. The works cost $20,000. The works yield a revenue of $25,000 annually at an expense of $8,000. mere are two reservoirs, each containing 1,250,000 gallons.
In Danville the system is owned by a company and the north lork of the Vermnuon river iurmshcs the supply, there is no reservoir, but there is a filtering plant.
Quincy gets its supply from the Mississippi river, and tne plant is managed by a holding company. The cost of the plant was $650,000. The water is pumped into a reservoir.