WATERWORKS AT ORONO.

WATERWORKS AT ORONO.

On November 1 the new waterworks system at Orono was completed by the Orono Water company. There are now twelve miles of mains laid, a twelve-inch main leading the water to the village from the source of supply at Chemo pond in Bradley. Pipe is laid through the principal streets and the cross streets to the University of Maine and to Basin mills. A concrete dam has been built across the stream and the pipe laid across the Penobscot on Webster side, he water used all passes first through a sand filter ridding it of its impurities. A new pumping station has been constructed on land on the Webster side, the lower story of which is now completed and tlie pumps installed. The pumping station has a foundation of concrete and the lower story is of concrete masonry. 1’he tipper part of the building will he constructed of brick. There are two pumps each with a capacity of 75,000 gallons of water every twenty-four hours. One pump is driven by electricity; the other by steam. If one should break down, the other can be used and the town will suffer no inconvenience or interruption of its water supply. The new standpipe being built of solid concrete masonry base with steel plate walls, is located on the hill just back of Orono. When finished it will have a capacity of 401,000 gallons. Its diameter is twenty feet and it will be seventy-six feet in height. Already it holds over 100,000 gallons. More water will be let in as fast as the sides go up. The water pressure at the fire hydrants is seventy-six pounds. More than a year ago the contract to furnish Orono with sixty hydrants at different points in the town was awarded, and shortly afterwards the Orono Water company was formed, with H. C. Mulligan, of Natick, Mass., president; C. N. Taylor, treasurer; and Y, T. Harvey, superintendent.

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