Water Works to Be Improved
(From Our Regular Correspondent.)
City Engineer E. E. Sands has been instructed by the City Council of Houston, Tex., to prepare plans and specifications for deep wells, pumps, motors and an electrical generator for the central water plant of the Houston water works system. The plan is to not only increase the water supply of the city, but to effect an economy in operation of the Artesian street plant. The present air lift system will be changed to a centrifugal pump lift, although the use of steam will be continued for pumping the water into the mains. In addition to the economy in operation of the new system as planned, the water supply of the city will be increased fully 50 per cent when the various contemplated improvements are installed and in addition there will be a reserve pumping unit at the central plant to be used in case of a breakdown. The auxiliary pumping plants on the North Side, at West End, Camp Logan and on the South Side are operated by means of centrifugal pumps, electrically operated. which have proved very successful in producing water from deep wells.