Waterworks Improvements at Kansas City.
At Kansas City, Mo., where the fire insurance people have been finding fault with the city for not being diligent enough in improving the fire protection, the following statistics are quoted to the contrary: During the last four years the water plant has practically been reconstructed and the entire system reorganised. The old, narrow cast iron pipes have been replaced with large, steel, high-pressure mains. Some of the more important improvements are as under: Fortyeight-inch flow-line from Quindaro to Kaw point; reconstruction of Turkey creek pumping station; 30-in. feed-main for increase in water supply; new engines and boilers at Turkey creek station, increasing the pumping to 60,000,000 gal. daily; enlargement of Quindaro pumping station; increase in engines and boilers at Quindaro—increasing the pumping capacity to 107,000,000 gal. daily; feed-mains in northwest, southeast and western parts of the city, also at Sheffield and Centropolis; 7-ft. tunnel under the Kaw river, and 48-in. line from the tunnel to Turkey creek basins; placing additional and larger mains in congested district; new 42-in. back flow-line, and 48-in. discharge-line between the basins and station at Quindaro; submerging the mains leading from Turkey creek station to the city, under Turkey creek; 121 additional mains have been laid; total amount of pipe in service, 362 miles; number of hydrants set during the same period, 1.671 —total number of hydrants in service, 4,335. The fire department has also been reorganised and furnished with new equipment; has acquired land and erected a headquarters building and seven fire stations at a cost of $300,000. These stations are built and furnished in the most substantial and up-to-date methods that modern architecture could furnish, and equiped with the very best apparatus, and nearly all the ether stations have been overhauled and modernised and furnished with new equipments, especially stations Nos. 4 and 7. the former facing on Pennsylvania avenue and also on Washington street, being three stories high on Washington street and 55 ft. wide, the first story being used for a veterinary hospital. The latter commands a central location in the West Bottoms district to accommodate practically three distinct companies.