Waterworks News Items
With the acquisition of the balance of $10,000 waterworks stock, the city of Atlantic, Ia., will own the plant.
The Dawson Springs, Ky., Water Company has been incorporated by N. L. Holeman and others.
The Freeport, Ill., Water Company’s franchise expires in about a year. Under the ordinance the city has the right to buy the property if it desires to do so.
The Creston (Ia.) Waterworks Company wants to sell its plant to the city of Creston. It has submitted a proposition to sell and has fixed the price at $190,000.
Peoria Heights, Ill., is to improve its water system. The question confronting the villagers is whether they shall install their own plant or sign a contract with the Peoria Waterworks Company. Both propositions have been before the village board for some time.
The unloading of 10,000 head of cattle from Texas at Kelleyville, Creek county, a few miles from Sapulpa, Okla., is threatening the already meager water supply of the latter place. Sapulpa’s water is supplied by a creek, which in turn is fed by water pumped from a half dozen wells along the course. This creek flows through the pasture, where the cattle are being held. The huge herd of cattle, thirsty from the hot weather, and from their long journey from Texas, are literally sapping the stream that feeds the city.
Judge I. W. Stephens has led a protest with the Port Worth, Tex., commission against the construction of the $1,000,000 reservoir site on the west fork of the Trinity river, as decided upon at a recent meeting. The protest will be considered at Tuesday’s session. Judge Stephens characterizes the commission’s decision to dam up the muddy fork of the Trinity, instead of tinclear fork to obtain water for municipal purposes as a blunder, and questions the legality of the commission’s act unless it is approved by a vote of the people, the charter requiring referendum election in nearly all cases.
When the improvements now voted are completed, Nowata, Okla., will have one of the finest waterworks systems in the state. At a recent election $75,000 was voted for waterworks improvements. The present plant has proved inadequate to meet the needs, and many parts of the city arc without water for fire protection or domestic purposes. The city has been served by a line from the Verdigris river, which lays five miles cast of the city, by a single line, in case of a breakdown the city would have been without water.
The Creston, Ia., Waterworks Company wants to sell its plant to the city of Creston. It has submitted to Mayor Reynolds a proposition to sell and has fixed the price at $190,000. The Stockholders of the Creston Waterworks Company have practically ceased to exist. They found the plant was not a profitable venture, and after years of struggling under the load, turned their stock over to the company which held the company’s bonds. That considerably more than $190,000 has been expended on the waterworks seems to be established, but this does not mean that the plant is worth that much at this time. The franchise of the company has still five years to run.
The water supply problem and its solution will cost the city of Hammond, Ind., approximately $84,000 in addition to the cost of the new 15,000,999 pump, which together with the new building will cost about $35,000. The problem that confronts the city is this: that the city has not enough water mains to carry the additional amount of water that would he pumped by the 15,000,000 gallon pump. In fact, the present pumps seem to be able to crowd the mains beyond their capacity in certain districts. The city s water mains now come down Sheffield avenue, one being a 24-inch, while the other is a 16. As they near the river they are reduced in size, and it is to eliminate this reduction that additional mains are required.
All doubts have now been set at rest in regard to the theory that the break in the waterworks conduit leading to the intake in Toronto, Can . was caused by the pipe becoming filled with air, ising and falling back. C. L. Fellowes, deputy city engineer, stated that when the pipe became choked in December, it rose and gradually sunk hack, breaking the bolts and that a subsequent storm finished the work, “Was frazile ice the cause of the break?” Mr. Fellowes was asked. “Not a particle of doubt about it,” replied that official. “On December 12 the frazile ice came in the pipe and choked it up. A vacuum was created and the pipe sank gradually hack as it was a calm day, but the effect of this was to break the bolts. Then the storm came along and swept it out of its position.” J. J. Main and William Newman, of the Poison Iron Works Company, are now ready to make a tender to raise the present pipe and relay another or to abandon it and lay an entirely new one. Messrs. Doughty and Chadwick, representatives of a New York firm, also paid a visit to the intake for the same purpose.
The board of water commissioners at Cortland, N. Y., is taking steps to fully protect the source of Cortland’s water supply. The commissioners have secured options on a farm of 45 acres, and on 20 acres of another farm. They will now go before the state board of water commissioners to obtain the privilege of purchasing this land, which will give the city control of practically the entire immediate watershed. The city recently purchased the waterworks from a private corporation, and is improving the system in many ways. All the water used by the municipality comes from a series of springs west of the city and almost within the city limits. As soon as the board gains control of the land on which they now hold options, the stringent state regulations for the protection of a water supply will lie enforced. The board will this summer build a new standpipe, or water tank, on Court House Mill, with a capacity of 1,000,090 gallons The fourth annual recapitulation report of the Selma, Ala., waterworks commission, is being commented upon most favorably by the citizens of Selma, who arc consumers. The fourth year of the city ownership of the water plant ended on April 30. During the four years of ownership, the plant has been operated to the advantage of the consumers of the city by the members of the commission, and each year the bonded indebtedness upon the plant is being decreased, and within the next few years, all of the bonds will be retired The report shows that during the four years of municipal ownership the plant was operated at a net profit of $49,148.26. This net profit would have been more than double those figures, but during the term of ownership. extensive improvements have been made in all departments of the waterworks system, so as to give better water service in all parts of the city. When Selma took over the plant, it was in a very poor condition. Since then many thousands of dollars have been expended in needed improvements and putting the waterworks system of the city in first class shape.
Water has been turned into the mains of the w ater system recently put in by citizens of Kingston, Wash. The water is of the purest, the plant is complete and the town is now not only enjoying good water, but better tire protection. The company built a dam and settling basin, flumed the water some 400 feet to the main reservoir, a solid concrete basin with a capacity of 75,000 gallons. From this point it is piped through 2,200 feet of mains throughout the town. Three hydrants have been placed in the town for fire protection.