WATERWORKS ITEMS FROM ALL PARTS

WATERWORKS ITEMS FROM ALL PARTS

Special Reports to FIRE. AND WATER ENGINEERING.

Moline, Ill., has contracted for a 6-in. main.

Holly, Mich., is driving a well for a water supply.

Grand Forks, N. Dak., is building a waterworks system.

North Pascagoula, La., is extending its waterworks system.

Shenandoah, Pa., is drilling 10-in. wells for an additional supply.

Mount Healthy, Ohio, will be supplied with water by Cincinnati.

St. Louis, like Pittsburg, may electrocute the microbes in its water supply.

Tacoma, Wash., has contracted for the laying of a 12-in. main at a cost of $6,404.

The vote at Grants Pass, Ore., against municipal ownership of the Royal River Water company’s system was 344 to 52.

Until the springs revive, Ephrata, Pa., has made arrangements to pump water into its reservoirs from the Cocalico creek, 600 ft. distant.

J. H. Forbes and company, of Caldwell, Idaho, have been awarded a contract for constructing a waterworks system at Emmett, Idaho, for $18,783.

At Covington, Ga., a contract has been let to the General Contract and Construction company, of Atlanta, for a waterworks and sewerage system.

In the higher points of Pottstown, Pa., residences are entirely without water supply, owing to the drought. There has been no such water famine since 1819.

The Kennedy Valve Manufacturing company, of Elmira, N. Y., has the contract for gates for the 48-in. main in Detroit.

The Rensselaer Manufacturing company, of Troy, X’. Y., ha9 been awarded the contract for hydrants and valves for the extension of the waterworks system at Jackson, Miss.

In consequence of the drought in the Schuylkill region, the Reading, Pa., Coal and Iron company has been hauling 125 oil-talk cars of water for the supply of its colliery boilers. The operators of the Morse colliery pay for the short haul from Frackville about $4,000 per month.

A committee of engineers recommended that a canal 200 ft. wide and 15 ft. deep be opened between Gravesend bay and Sheeps head bay along the line of the old ship canal, which fell into disuse and became partly Filled more than fifteen years ago. They propose to expend $1,000,000 on the work.

Du Hois, Pa., has introduced an ordinance, which the council will probably pass, to supply manufacturers with water at three cents per 1,000 gal. The manufacturers must have their establishments within the limits of the borough, and employ help and manufacture machinery and other commercial goods.

After trying for five years, Council Bluffs, la., will build an up-to-date waterworks system. Plans have been prepared, which include all the features Kansas City, Mo., has in its waterworks system and filters in addition. The source of supply is the Missouri river. The city voted $600,000 in bonds to pay for the plant.

At Reading, Pa., cases of alleged stream pollution are being tried. It was decided that the inspectors should notify in writing the owners of the properties where pollutionsources are found that they must abate the nuisance or the State health department would do so and charge the cost against the property owner.

The Cincinnati Annexation league will oppose the extension of the Cincinnati water supply system to the group of downriver villages which have been trying to get it at the city rate. The cost to the city would be $50,000. The league contends that the new waterworks system was installed for the supply of Cincinnati only.

Sheboygan, Wis. may have to go to law with the local water company, which, as the city alleges, has failed to comply with an agreement of the former as to the purchase of the system. The city, however, may comply with the company’s demand and pay it $385,000 —$35,000 above what (it is claimed) the company was bound to accept under its contract to sell.

A successful test has been made at Cincinnati, Ohio, of the new waterworks-tunnel by Superintendent Hiller. The test was the first ever made of the tunnel under a “full head,” and necessitated the cutting off of many hilltop consumers for a short while. It resulted in finding that there was a leakage of only 1-25 of 1 per cent., which is considered unusually small. The tunnel is 7 ft. in diameter and is nearly 5 miles long.

The J. J. Child Steamer company, of Troy, recently held its eighth anniversary banquet, which was attended by about 100 active and honorary members of the company. George W. Rankin is captain of the company, of which Chief Byron, in the course of his speech, spoke as one of the “most efficient companies in the department,” whose members he had “always found willing to do more than their share” at fires.

At Pittsburg, Pa., seventy men have been added to the rolls as regular firemen, to perfect at Norfolk, Va., has been authorised to allow steel standpipe weighing 27 tons, which, when erected, will stand 25 ft. high, and will have a capacity of 125,000 gal. The concrete foundation for the same has been completed. This will be used in addition to -the present wooden standpipe, which also has a capacity of 125,000 gal.

Johnstown has had a $100,000 Sunday morning fire which totally destroyed the non-fire proof and non-sprinklered leather dressing plant of Karg & Fennell on East Fulton street. Johnstown has a fire area of 1,600 acres. Its mercantile buildings are 1-story to 5-story and of brick; its private residences are 2-story, of wood, with wooden roofs permitted. In fire protection its volunteer department depends on chemical hand-extinguishers and hydrant streams, the pressure on its 165 hydrants being 140 lb.

A recent San Francisco dispatch states that the Spring Valley Water company has filed a demurrer to the suit instituted by some 3,405 claimants, who ask for damages running well into millions of dollars for the losses they sustained by reason of the fire of April, 1906 The water company attacks the sufficiency of the complaint, and has followed the demurrer with notice of a motion to dismiss the suit The motion is based on the contention that the f ederal court is without jurisdiction.

Each year for the past three or four sessions the District Commissioners of Washington, I). C, have included in their estimates an item of $750.(XX) for high pressure service. The item has been rejected by the District Subcommittee of the House Committee, whose opinion that the downtown section of Washington does not need a high-pressure service is said to have been st’l! further strengthened by the recent failures of the high-pressure system in Manhattan. New York. The item will certainly not pass this year.

It is said that Mayor McClellan will try again, early next vear, to have the Croton aqueduct commission legislated out of office. The commissioners asked the board of estimate yesterday for $500,(XX), but the appropriation was not passed. There are five commissioners. who draw $5,000 a year apiece. The work for which the commission was appointed, the construction of the Jerome Park reservoir and the Croton dam, has been completed. Their usefulness as a body is, therefore, gone.

The Marin County, Cal., Water company is laying mains from Corte Madero to Sausalito, The pipe line will be carried through the Corte Madero ridge, and the dam at lake Lagunitas will be raised, so as to increase the capacity of the reservoir by 35,000,000 gal., which, together with the increase on the Phcenix gulch, will add more than 2(X),000,(XX) gal. tothe present storage capacity. Sausalito will own its distributing system, and (he company will furnish the daily supply according to a graduated schedule.

The Iowa City, la., Water company is having test wells driven on the west side of the river. If expert analysis proves that the water from these is free from organic matter, these and not the galleries will furnish the supply of the future. 1 he wells will be connected with the pumping system, if the water is not satisfactory, mechanical filaration will be resorted to.

The new waterworks system to be installed in Wallingford, Vt., by the local waterworks company will include a 30,(XX)-gal. reservoir and miles of cast iron pipe 10-in., 12 in., 6-in. and 4-in, and 1-in and i’/i-m. of wrought iron pipe. The reservoir will be of concrete, covered, and will be 25 ft. in diameter and 12 ft. deep. A 10-in, pipe, reducing to 8-in. will lead from the reservoir, and a 6-in. pipe will run through the main street of the village. The source of supply will be the never-failing springs, whose waters will be brought into the reservoir by the inlet-pipes.

1 he Scranton, Pa., Gas and Water company has bought land for a new reservoir at Dunsmore, but has not begun construction work. If the company makes all its contemplated improvements, it must issue bonds to the amount of $1,000,000 or $1,500,000 to pay for a big pipe-line across the valley from lake Scranton; the installation ot the water meters; the Providence filter; and the construction of additional reservoirs. One of the reservoirs is likely to he in the neighborhood of Moscow.

1 he Mahoning Valley Water company, of Youngstown, Ohio, has petitioned for leave to lay a main along Wilson avenue to the East End bridge, and then along Crab creek, for tile supply of the industrial plants in the district adjoining that territory, The company’s franchise does not give it tile right to furnish a domestic supply in competition with the city waterworks department. The company’s source is a large lake of very pure water and with capacity sufficient to supply a large number of big plants.

Along tinKanalt creek tinwater which supplies Grand Junction. Colo., is said to be impure, and the city is trying to have it condemned. Whichever way the litigation on the subject turns out, the decision will set a prcce dent involving water rights in the State. The water-users along this creek are fighting strenuously the cutting off of their water supply, while the city is equally anxious to gain possession of 3(H) statute inches of water to feed its reservoir. Over 400 water-users have been made respondents. Should the city be sue cessful in the suit, it will mean an abundant supply of fresh mountain water for domestic purposes.

The outbreak of typhoid fever at Jeffersonville. Ky., has been traced to the water from the intake and at the mouth of Beargrass creek. The well water is perfectly wholesome.

Bids have been submitted at Yuba City, Cal., for erecting the tank for the proposed water system, as follows; Hugh McGuire, Marysville, $0,249: Chicago Bridge and Iron Works, Chicago, $5,520; Des Mointes Bridge and Iron company, Iowa, $5,155; Minneapolis Steel and Machinery company, Minneapolis, $5,250; Hyde Harzes company, San Francisco, $6,025; Clarence Swain, lone, $8,41X1. On the laying of the pipe there were two close bids—one from the J. W. Stanley company, of San Francisco, for 18 cents a foot for cast iron and 2% cents a foot for wrought iron; from Heafey & Murphy, of Oakland. Their bid was the same for cast iron; for wrought iron it was 12 cents per foot.

The report of the municipal waterworks system at Pensacola, F”!a., for the first quarter shows no decided profit. The finance committee includes in its report the interest on the investment of $257.(HX), the percentage of wear and tear of the plant, the amount of taxes and licenses that the city would have derived during this period and from which it is now deprived by virtue of owning the properties. After deducting all of this from the receipts, the city is left with a net profit of $781 for the first quarter. Inasmuch as about $3,(XX) was expended during this period in improvements and in extending the service, it is anticipated that when this work is completed and the extra expense ceases, the city will derive considerable profit from the operation of the plant.

WATERWORKS ITEMS FROM ALL PARTS

WATERWORKS ITEMS FROM ALL PARTS

Special Reports to FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.

Victoria, Tex., will install its water system about January 1.

The water famine has stopped the mills at Niagara Tails, N. Y.

Sherman, N. Y., has contracted for a waterworks system, to cost $15,377.

Wilmington, Del., has contracted for the construction of the proposed new filtration plant at $257,500.

The Manitowoc, Wis., Water company has now a new 400,000-gal. storage reservoir. The cost was $10,000.

At Corona, Cal., the Temescal Water company is laying 15,000 ft. of 30-in. concrete pipe in the Perris valley.

Utica, N. Y., and the Consolidated Water company seem disposed to compromise their quarrel and may not go to law.

Reading, Pa., has contracted for the construction of a rain water conduit for the supply of the Mandencrest filterbeds. The cost will be $40,847.

The Chamber of Commerce at Dayton, Ohio, has indorsed a plan to engage an expert engineer to investigate the best method for a future water supply for the city

San Francisco’s Merchants’ association, denied that the Sierran water plan for the supply of the city is within the charter, the opinion of the city attorney is to the contrary.

A Harrisburg, Pa., correspondent writes that the Consolidated Riverton Water company is now laying pipes on Church street from Market street to the borough limits.

New Britain, Conn., will soon be supplied with water by means of the new pipe line from Burlington. A new gate house is being built where the latter supply connects with the city mains.

There have been very many typhoid fever cases in Reading, Pa., and there seems to be no doubt in the minds of the authorities that the water supply was the source of the epidemic, whose progress appears now to he checked.

The new boilers at the pump station at Liverpool, Ohio, have recently been inspected by the service hoard and found in excellent condition. They were subjected to a test and stood 187 lb. of pressure—87 lb. more than necessary.

The Merchants’ association of Joliet, Ill, asks that a high-pressure system shall be installed, that larger mains shall be laid and three high pressure pumps of 700, t.ooo and 1,500-gal. capacity set up at a total cost of from $90,000 to $120,000.

The San Bernardino, Cal., waterworks make $25,000 a year, net, besides paying both in terest and the bonds issued. The rate charged for domestic service there is only $1 a month, flat, while large consumers only pav four cents per 1,000 gal.

The United States Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry company has received an order for 15,000 tons of cast-iron pipe from Cuba. Seven thousand live hundred tons of the order will be manufactured at the Bessemer plant, 12 miles south of Birmingham.

The water tunnel which extends a mile or more out into lake Michigan, is now completed and Gary, lnd., will have a purer and better water supply than any of its sister cities as soon as the big pumps are put in, and the supply is secured from this source.

Waterworks Fngineer William F.. Butler, of Newburyport. Mass., lias resigned his position, for a wider field of duty. He has served the local waterworks system for over twenty-five years, twenty three as engineer and three in general charge of the work.

At Columbia, I’a., the local waterworks company has built a yellow brick smokestack for its pumping station. It stands on a base 17 ft. high, and the base on a concrete base on solid rock 17 ft. below the surface of the ground. The new brick boilerhouse is ready.

Scranton, Pa,, has now a corporation composed of residents of tile upper end of the town and styled the Crystal Water company. It has drilled a well, installed pumps, erected two 1,300-harrel tanks, and is now independent of the water company. One pump has a capacity of 1 barrel a minute.

Jersey City has contracted with the Hackensack Water company to supply the Heights with water. The Rockaway river supply, which the city owns, is insufficient for the purpose. A connection will be made with the Hackensack company’s mains, and the city will pay the company for the water it uses.

Fast Syracuse, N. Y., is reorganising and readjusting the water rates. The large consumers are dissatisfied. It is claimed that the present system tends towards making consumers waste the water so as to receive the benefit of a lower rate on using a certain amount. A sliding scale is proposed. But would not meterage be the right thing?

At Pittsburg, Pa,, the council committee on the revision of salaries has approved many increases in the water bureau. Among these the chief meter inspector receives $125, instead of $100 a month; his assistants, $3, instead of $2.50 per day; assistant engineers at Montrose station, $75 per month, instead of $2.75 a day; engineers, $1,500, instead of $1,400.

The water main connecting the new storage reservoir on the Orange Mountain with the city mains gave way at midnight in the syphon at the crossing of the So’uth Orange and Maplewood trolley tracks at Nassau street in the Orange Valley section. The pipe connects the new and as yet unused and unaccepted storage-reservoir on the mountain.

At Macon, Ga., the local water company, having determined to secure a better flow from the tire hydrants, is setting seven of the large 4j^-in. size, which will furnish the engines with four times as much water as those of the oldfashioned type. The smaller hydrants that have been removed will be set in the annexed district. In course of time all the hydrants set in the business section of the city will be 4p2-in.

To make way for the 20,000,000,(X)0-gal. reservoir in the Gunpowder valley for an extra supply for Baltimore, Phoenix, Warren, Sweet Air, Bosley, and several smaller villages, will be wiped out of the fertile valley in which they lie. The Sweet Air turnpike will be diverted 3 miles, and built below loch Raven dam. The village itself has a population of 52 persons only, and has two churches, a store, a cannery, a sawmill, a grist mill, and a post office.

The New York and New Jersey Water company has discontinued its suit against Jersey City for failure to supply sufficient water to Bayonne during the recent water famine in that city, caused by the breaking of the one water main of the company. In return, the city will place a 20-in. gate in the main connecting Jersey City with Bayonne, for the use of Bayonne, when it needs water from Jersey City, or vice versa, according to a reciprocal agreement made many years ago.

The Metropolitan Water company, of Kansas City, Kan., being unable to comply with the order of the court to improve its water supply, the city authorities, for the present at least, will have to depend upon whatever surplus water Kansas City. Mo., can afford to furnish. It may be anything from 1,000,000 to 5,000,000 gal. daily, the latter city reserving to itself the right to cut off that emergency supply at any moment, if necessary.

A report has been received at Windsor Locks, Conn . on samples of water recently submitted to the State laboratory at Middletown. According to the expert, the town water is receiving no drainage contamination and is a safe and satisfactory supply for drinking purposes. The sample taken from the Rabbitt well was also found safe, but contained a rather high percentage of nitrates. This corresponds to the report received a few years ago, when the springs examined in the neighborhood were examined.

R. D. Chase, hydraulic engineer, has recommended laying a 30-in. connecting main from the lower end of Boston proper to the northern end of the South Boston peninsula, this main crossing under Fort Point channel. The South Boston peninsula is fed by two 20-in, mains and one 30-in. main, all well connected to a very fair gridiron system. A break in the 30-in. main would be a serious matter, as the northern end of the district under consideration consists of railway freight terminals, wharves and warehouses. The accessibility of these warehouses varies front good to very poor.

At Pittsfield, Mass., the water from Roaring brook has been turned into Mill brook. Roaring brook will supply nearly one-third of the water consumed in the city, and a large amount of water has already been turned into the reservoir. The water will flow a portion of the distance between the brooks through a wooden trough. The new connection, including the $3,000 for the pumping engine, will cost $5,000; but that expenditure is considered preferable to taking the w’ater from Onota lake, owing to the attitude of the Peck Manufacturing company on the matter.

Fort Meade, ‘S. Dak., is supplied from Sturgis, 234 miles wdth water pumped through mains. The post calls for a supply of 200,000 gal. daily. The water supply for the stables, etc., is now derived from a well 30 ft. deep, situated under a temporary reservoir built by damming the creek, into which the Sturgis sewage is discharged. On October 1 the larger supply was cut off, and the post is supplied with 2,400 gal. hauled from Sturgis in four loads. No more is allowed. The government may either build its own w’ater supply system by artesian wells or pipe the water for the post from Dead Man’s gulch, about 5 miles off.

Cohoes is about -to install a filtration plant, and Prof. Mason, of Troy, will co-operate with the city engineer in the actual work of construction and render professional assistance in going over the plans and specifications that have been received, so as to select those which are most feasible for a purer and improved supply of water in the city.

Harrisburg, Pa., is being sued by the New York Continental Jew’ell Filtration company for having infringed certain patents—the “negative head” oatent—of the company. These refer to apparatus for using a down-draught outlet-pipe and the method of use. Harrisburg will be joined in its defence by Louisville, Ky.; Columbus, Ohio; New Orleans, La.; and the Hackensack, N. J., Water company; all of which have filters of a similar type—the Hackensack company’s being installed at New Milford. Allen Hazen, consulting engineer, of New York City, and Professor J. W. Langley, patent expert, of Ann Arbor, Mich., have been engaged on the side of the defendants.

The new’ reservoir at Ashland, Pa., will have Mass., is to be located in a narrow valley about 600 ft. below the junction of Alder brook with Borden brook, at the lower end of a wide and level area surrounded by hills with steep slopes. The estimated area of the reservoir is 215 acres at high water mark; the total storage-capacity, 2,478,000,000 gal.; the maximum depth about 60 ft.; the average depth, 35.7 ft. The drainagearea has been found by surveys to be 7.95 sq. miles. The water drawn from this reservoir will flow for several miles in the steep and rocky bed of Borden brook, mingling with the W’aters of streams from other parts of the watershed, and will subsequently be filtered before being delivered to the city.

The Turners Falls, Mass., fire district is hampered by lack of water, the supply from lake Pleasant is abundant and never-failing. The water is pumped from the lake to a reservoir, the pump running four days a week, from ten to twelve hours, and pumping about 1,000,000 gals, daily. Not half the capacity of the pumping station, however, is used. In October 349 gals, of water w’ere pumped with every pound of coal. The amount raised with each pound of coal varies from about 350 to 375. the quality of coal accounting for the variations. Turners Falls, Millers Falls and Montague City get water from lake Pleasant.

A San Francisco correspondent writes that “steps are said to be about to be taken by a number of fire insurance companies to petition the United States Circuit court to appoint a receiver for the Spring Valley Water company, it being alleged that, with $17,000,000 worth of claims already filed against the corporation and an additional $25,000,000 coming from life insurance companies in the East, the water company’s $25,000,000 of capital stock will be in no way equal to meet obligations.”

Sausalito. Cal., has entered into a 10-year contract with the Marin County Water company to supply the town with water. The price agreed upon is twentv-two cents per 1,000 gal. delivered to the boundary of the town. The citizens have voted S1OO.0OO bonds with which to install a municipal distributing system.