WATERWORKS ITEMS FROM ALL PARTS.
(FROM SPECIAL REPORTS TO FIRE AND WATER.)
The Acme of Credulity.—Wigg—“Yes, I expect to live to see the day of perfected aerial navigation.”
Wagg—”Well, I come of a long-lived family myself. I expect to see the day when Philadelphia will have good water.”
Fargo, S. Dak., is looking to Detroit, Minn., forty miles distant, for its water supply. At present the source is the Red river.
F. W. Jencks has been elected president, and Dr. W. S. Brown secretary of the new board of water commissioners at Elgin, 111.
The new wells at Akron, Ohio, are furnishing an adequate supply, and the water is of much better quality. More wells will soon be ready for use.
At Telluride, Colo., the large pipe line from the Bridal Veil falls, through which Andover is supplied. burst the other day and threw a perpendicular stream too feet high.
At Oconto, Wis., the City Waterworks company has struck water for a third well at a depth of 594 feet. It flows a six-inch stream.
If the water board at Springfield, Ohio, refuses to grant the Big Four railroad the reducton asked for in its water rate, as is expected, the company will be compelled to erect its own pumping plant.
Water Engineer Quirk, of Baltimore, Md., writes that the supply and pressure in the Henrietta street section of that city are “over too per cent, better than they were five years ago, and are being continually improved by the elimination of dead ends and old small pipes.”
Chief Engineer W. R. Hill, of the New York Croton aqueduct commission, has been employed to investigate the possible sources for a new water supply for Waterville, Me. He has located a suitable site for a reservoir at North Vassalboro on a direct line with that city and China lake.
Florence, Colo., has on the point of completion one of the longest reservoirs in the valley. It is being built under contract by the city, and will have a capacity of 50,000,000 gallons. Florence will then have three reservoirs—two with a capacity of 50,000,000 gallons, and the third 35,000,0000 gallons of water, obtained from the Greenhorn mountains south of Florence.
Cheyenne, Wyo., has arranged to secure a water supply from Crow creek. It is necessary to build ,a great reservoir. The dam—of rock or concrete—will be ninety feet high and 350 feet long.
A Superior court decision declares the Southern California Mountain Water company, and not the Jamacha Irrigation bstrict, the owner of the Barrett dam and reservoir sites at the junction of the Cottonwood and Pine creeks. This decision settles the dispute as to the San Diego, Cal., water-power.
The Kennebec water district is now fighting in the court with the Maine Water company for the possession of the property of the latter in Waterville. which the district claims the right to purchase by right of eminent domain. The matter has been before the court for years, and is now approaching a final settlement.
Mayor Low and Comptroler Grout, of New Yorkcity, recently officially visited the new Croton dam, and, with the aqueduct commissioners, Chief Engineer Hill, and the contractors, inspected the work, after which the mayor consented to substituting masonry for the earthen core. The accompanying illustration shows the mayor, comptroler, and the aqueduct officials at the dam.
The Western Manor Water company and the town commissioners of Long Branch, N. J„ cannot agree as to a reasonable price for the supply of water for municipal purposes. The commissioners offer $25 per hydrant per year, the company to pay an annual franchise of $500, and every new hydrant to be set 1,000 feet apart. The company demands $30 per year for each of the 154 hydrants for ten years and $100 a year for each of the twenty sprinkling wagons in use. No contract with the water company and the city has existed since last October, when the ten-year contract expired.
John D. Rockefeller, senior and junior, have each been fined $5 for using hose for sprinkling without permission. They pleaded that it was necessary for them to use hose in sprinkling their lawns and asked for the necessary permission. Commissioner Dougherty, however, very properly refused to relax his rule, so that, if they wish to use hose, they must install water meters, which they will be obliged to do. Three hundred and eighty-seven other cases of the same nature have been discovered by inspectors of the department, and each person reported will be required to pay a fine of $5.
The Philadelphia Ledger, being wedded to old fogey ism, while admitting that there is a great waste of water in the city says that the truism that in many parts of Philadelphia the “fault is not that water is wasted, but that it is not used as freely as it ought to be. The introduction of meters in dwellings would be a step backwards. Whatever its theoretical merit, in practice it would prove highly objectionable and inadvisable; in fact, it appears to be a vicious administration scheme, intended not for the public good.” The Ledger evidently smells a political rat somewhere.
The Winnipeg, Man., waterworks are self-supporting and had a small surplus last year. George B. Custer has been awarded the contract for putting in a waterworks system. A gasolene pump will be installed.
The Glasgow, Scotland, corporation has decided to carry out the extensive water scheme at loch Arklet, so as to secure that 10,000,000 gallons of water shall be emptied into loch Katrine, from which Glasgow gets its water supply. The water commissioners were recently empowered to borrow in the first instance $2,500,000 in connection with the scheme.
The Viti, Wis., Waterworks company appealed a case to the Supreme court of Wisconsin and won the day. Its maximum rate clause for domestic and other uses contained a clause that the lowest annual rate should be $5 in any case, and another clause provided that “all parties have the privilege of furnishing water meters and paying only for water annually used at rates varying from twenty cents to thirty cents per 1,000 gallons. The plaintiffs in the case, therefore, refused to pay more than $1.14 for water used as shown by the meter. The waterworks company showed that the yearly cost of attending to the meter was $2.50, the water being extra. The court held that the words “all parties” referred to those who were supplied with water for manufacturing and special purposes only, not to those to whom it was supplied for domestic purposes.
Bloomiijgton, III., asks for an appropriation of $95,814 to run the waterworks system during the ensuing year.