Waterworks News Items

Waterworks News Items

Deshler, Neb., is extending its mains.

Oshkosh, Wis., has purchased the local water works plant.

Antigo, Wis.. has decided to purchase the local water works system.

Orlando, Fla., has a new pump for the water works plant, which cost $5,000.

Pilot Rock’s $12,000 water works system has been installed at Pendleton, Ore. A concrete reservoir has been built.

The street and water board of Jersey City, N. J., has again been discussing the question of preventing the pollution of the Rockaway river watershed.

The Charleston. S. C.. Light and Power Company is now installing two new filters, with a capacity of 500,000 gallons per day, two new strainers and new pipes.

It is a very easy matter to contaminate a water faucet or a sample of pure water, while it is being taken, and care must be exercised in procuring samples to see this does not occur.

Livingston, Mont., brought suit against the local water works company with the intention of obtaining “reasonable rates.” A compromise is Expected and the action will be withdrawn.

Pasadena, Cal., has appointed a special officer to take charge of all the reservoirs and intakes of the municipal water works system. Permanent rangers will probably be appointed to patrol the watersheds and see that the water is not polluted.

Bethlehem, Pa., has abandoned its old water plant at a spring that supplied the town since it was founded in 1741. The new $50,000 pumping station at Illick’s Mill is nearly completed, and a centrifugal pump with a capacity of 1,500,000 gallons has been installed.

Suit for damages has been brought against the Walkersville Water Company, of Frederick, Md„ by Thaddeus M. Felton, who operates a mill near the city, claiming damages caused by shortage of water by the company taking its supply from Israel’s creek, which supplies the mill.

The officers and directors of the National Cast Iron Pipe Company of Birmingham, Ala., are

A. H. Ford, president; E. E. Linthicum, vicepresident and general manager, and A. E. Nelson, secretary-treasurer. The directors are: G.

B. Tarrant, F. I. Tarrant, D. W. McMillan and F. M. Jackson.

The borough council of Greensburg, Pa., brought suit against the Westmoreland Water Company for purchasing another water company’s system. The county court decided that the company was within the law in making the purchase and that the consolidation of the two companies legally be effected.

An epidemic of typhoid in Westminster. Md., last summer brought out the facts that the water of the two supplying companies, before reaching their reservoirs, is subject to contamination from surface drainage and other causes, and some pollution though not of a very serious nature was found before it reached the home of the people.

Hypochlorite sterilization is used successfully in the following cities of Michigan: South Haven, Battle Creek, Ludington, Port Huron, St. Joseph, and was the means of stamping out the typhoid epidemic in Ludington in the spring. Cities having the method under consideration are Traverse City, Zeeland, Elkton, Ironwood and Ann Arbor.

Among the $12,000 worth of improvements to the municipal water works system of Lake City, Ia., will be the drilling of an artesian well. 300 feet deep, to the St. Petri sandstone underlying northwestern Iowa, the relaying of the present mains and the extension of the mains into such parts of the town as are not supplied with city water.

Citizens of Paterson, Passaic, Montclair, Bloomfield and other cities in that section of New Jersey are complaining of the quality of water. One theory advanced by a member of the health board of Bloomfield is that the effluent from the Madison-Chatham sewage disposal works is responsible. Samples of the water nave been sent to the State Board of Health for analysis.

At Wahpeton, N. Dak., the old settling well built 25 years ago, has been superseded by an oblong concrete reservoir 50 feet wide by 100 leet long; depth, 18 feet, of which six are above ground. A dividing wall runs down the center, each half having a capacity of 300,000 gallons. The floor, walls and roof arc all of reinforced concrete. The water will be pumped into the reservoir from the deep wells of the city and from the reservoir into the pressure tank on the tower.

Lake Michigan will not be investigated as to purity by the international joint commission. Experts have reported to the commission that pollution in Lake Michigan however harmful to health it may be in the cities and towns on the great lakes will not of itself cause pollution in the extreme lower lakes. The commission has apparently come to the conclusion that there are comparatively few instances on the great lakes where American cities and towns charge that their water supply is polluted by the sewage from the Canadian side, and vice versa.

The citizens of Sarnia, Ont., have voted to spend $240,000 in moving their water works plant from down town up two miles north on the shore of Lake Huron, where a large filtration plant is to be installed. At present the water is obtained through an intake pipe extending 700 feet into the St. Clair river. At present specific plans as to construction of these improvements are not yet available. However, should any Americans be interested with a view to making bids for material or construction work, the consulate will furnish any information attainable upon request.

Dewey, Okla., has installed a filtration water works system. Its present source of supply is five artesian wells, to which two more will be added at once, as the town is growing fast, and a more adequate supply will be needed. The daily combined output of these five wells is 40,000 gallons—an amount not actually needed at present, although it is sure to be required during the summer. A good flow of water was found at a depth of 60 feet. An 8-inch hole was drilled. The first well was drilled to a depth of 100 feet; it had to be abandoned, as the drill struck a vein of salt water.

Yuma, Ariz., has completed its big syphon. It is a concrete tunnel 14 feet in diameter and nearly 1,000 feet in length. It lies 40 feet below the bed oi the Colorado river and required one year to build. Its source of supply is the Laguna dam, whose water reaches the syphon by means of a canal of great size, and falls down the shaft of the intake on the California bank of the Colorado. The big stream flows with great force through the tunnel, rises up through the shaft of the outlet on the Arizona bank and does its irrigation work in the valley below. The supply is inexhaustible.

A .continuation of a water supply for Montclair, N. J., after the expiration this month of the contract between the town and the Montclair Water Company, was offered in a resolution adopted by Montclair council last week. It is provided that the rates now paid for water are to be continued for an indefinite period. It is expected that the State water supply commission will be in a position to supply Montclair in the near future cither by taking over the East Jersey Water Company plant at Little Falls, or by impounding the waters of the Wanaquc river above Midvale. For this reason council considered it best not to renew the present contract for a stated time.

Jersey farmers, at the closing session of the New Jersey Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, in Atlantic City last week, declared themselves opposed to the project to bond the State for $1,000,000 for the purchase of the Wharton tract in Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean counties as a future source of water supply for Camden, Trenton and other South Jersey cities. Many speakers denounced the project. “The whole scheme is a fake and a fraud,” hotly declared John T. Cox, of Three Bridges, secretary of the Grange, “which will benefit a few people at the expense of the people of New Jersey. The whole of this tract if sold under ordinary conditions, would not bring more than $50,000 at the very best.”

Joseph Muth, a dry goods merchant of St Louis, Mo., having strongly and publicly advocated a plan to provide free water by raising taxes and urged the abolition of the office of collector and assessor of water rates, has brought out a statement from Water Commissioner Wall that it was absurd to suppose that a slight increase in the general tax would effect the results he claims for the proposed method. The commission states that “it costs about $80,000 annually to maintain the office of assessor and collector of water rates. It costs $900,000 a year to operate and maintain the water system. The proposed plan is ridiculous. The cost of the collector’s office is a small item, as compared with the larger figure—even less than 10 per cent.”

Louisville, Ky., is about to add to its filtration plant at an estimated cost of $300,000. It will not be necessary to provide a new building for the addition to the plant, as the present purifying station on Crescent Hill was originally built to accommodate a second system whenever needed. To-day the capacity of the filtration plant is 30,000,000 gallons in 24 hours, which is hardly sufficient to do more than supply the city’s daily wants, if indeed, it can do as much as that. Last winter, during the severe cold spell, the plant averaged 411,000,000 gallons a day. With the additional facilities afforded by the second plant, the daily capacity will approximate 70,000,000 gallons. The Louisville Water Company is well able to bear the cost of the improvement.

A dispatch from Bridgeton. N. J., says trouble and additional expense has been caused for its new filtration and water plant. The contract called for its completion the first of September, but the first test was not made until November 11. Water was turned into the concrete coagulation basin, and before the tank was filled one end of the structure went out, wrecking the tank. Since then the council has been endeavoring to have repairs made, but are at odds with the supervising engineer, who does not come to Bridgeton to take up the matter with the local officials. The breaking of the coagulation tank has caused a great lack of confidence in the other construction of the plant, and it is now proposed to cancel the contract with the present engineer and obtain the services of some other authority. The cost of the plant has already exceeded the estimate and the bond issue by more than $110,000; there are thousands of dollars of work yet to be done, and a second bond issue must be made.

The appraisal of the plant of the East Jersey Water Company by experts appointed by the State Water Supply Commission was begun last week. The appraisers are Clemens Herschel, Dabney H. Maury and Nicholas S. Hill. The officials of the water company had refused at first to assist in the making of the appraisal, but later decided to give all the aid in the work desired by the experts. The Elizabethtown Water Company, owned by former Senator John Kean, has not yet given assent to the proposed appraisement of its property. The order for the ascertainment of the value of the water plants was made by the State Commission in response to the request of Paterson, Elizabeth and several other communities interested in the proposal ot securing a joint supply of water from the State. The original plan of the State Water Supply Commission was to furnish the supply from the Wanaque river, but some of the communities interested in the plan wanted first to have ascertained whether it would not be more economical for the State to secure the plants of the existing water companies by condemnation.

Upon the ground that the city of Plainfield. N. j., has no right to condemn a water supply, which is already devoted in part to the public use of other municipalities, the Supreme Court has set aside the order appointing commissioners to condemn a portion of the water works of the Plainfield-Union Water Company. The city of Plainfield sought to condemn a portion of the works of the company, formed by the consolidation of the Plainfield Water Supply Company and the Union Water Company, and a portion of the plant of the Plainfield Water Supply Company, as it was prior to the consolidation, including, however, the source of supply. The Plainfield-Union Company, after the condemnation commissioners had been appointed, brought certiorari proceedings to review their appointment. The municipalities supplied with water under contracts by the consolidated company arc Plainfield, Cranford Township. Westfield Township, Union Township. Roselle Borough, Fanwood Borough, Garwood Borough. Fanwood Township, North Plainfield, town of Westfield, Roselle Park Borough and Kenilworth Borough.

Waterworks News Items


Waterworks News Items

Creston, Ia., may buy the local water works system.

Dixon, Ill., has a water tower, 90 feet high, under construction.

New Orleans, La., has voted $15,000 for repairs in the distribution service.

Othello, Wash., has purchased the water plant of the Milwaukee Land Company for $12,000.

Indications at Raleigh, N. C., point to municipal ownership of the water works system in the near future.

For $12,000 Othello. Wash., has purchased the water works system installed hv the Milwaukee Land Company.

Colorado Springs, Colo, has raised the walls of No. I reservoir over 10 feet and thereby increased its capacity to 180,000,000 gallons.

Electrolysis threatens some of the mains of the New Orleans water works system. The street railway company is blamed therefor.

Water from the new wells is now being used at Paris, Tex., the former supply from the lake being so low that it is unsafe to continue its use.

Cardiff, Cal., has built an octagonal reservoir of heavily reinforced concrete. Its diameter is 30 feet; depth. 14 feet; capacity. 100,000 gallons.

The Sullivan County (Wis.) Water Company’s mains are installed and are now coupled with the old line, and the city has nowcomplete tire protection.

The new reservoir at Portsmouth, O., will cover an acre of ground. It will be 207 feet square and 15 feet deep. Its capacity will be 8,000,000,000 gallons of water.

After suffering from water shortage during the summer months for several years, Smith Center, Kan., has constructed a concrete dam at the water supply station at a cost of $15,000.

The city council at Marion, Ala., has made a complete change in the management of the waterworks plant, and a new engineer has been employed, who will have full charge.

Salem, I11., like Bethlehem of old, “a little town,” is building a $60,000 water works system and installing two large fire pumps. Pretty good for a population of less than 2,000 people.

Butte Falls, Ore., has an $11,000 gravity water works system, with 12,000 feet of pipe and a pressure of from 65 to 75 pounds. The reservoir is of concrete and has a capacity of $10,000 gallons.

F. D. Langworthy, of Kansas City, Mo., who recently supervised the laying of 12 miles of extensions to the Macon, Ga., water works, has been appointed superintendent of that city’s system.

To render the water supply of North Yakima, Wash., pure about eight miles of the eighteenmile canal that brings the town’s water will be lined with cement and rendered impervious to seepage.

Palo Alto, Cal., has added an auxiliary plant to its water works system. A well 220 feet deep and passing through several water-bearing strata, has been sunk and an auxiliary pumping station has been built and equipped.

The majority of the taxpayers of Waterford, N. Y., are opposed to the proposed purchase of the plant and construction of a filtration system A protest was signed by a long list of citizens and presented to the water commissioners.

Approximately $20,000 will be spent by the Richmond, Va., City Water Works Company, in preparing to use the new water supply east of the city from Comer springs. The Comer spring has a capacity of 250,000 gallons daily. The average daily consumption in the city is 3,000,000.

St. Cloud, Minn., has lowered its water rates, hut no material decrease is thereby feared, as it is expected that the increased consumption of water will more than make up. for the loss on water rents. It is anticipated that, as at Red Wing, the use of wells will solve the water problem.

Two hundred and sixty-three new services have been installed in Oswego, N. Y., this year, which will add to the revenues of the water department. New mains have been laid throughout the city, and the fire protection has been strengthened by the installing of many new hydrants. By the extension of the water works system on McHenry street Woodstock, I11., is now one of the best protected cities in northern Illinois against fire. The water from a new well can now be pumped into the mains of the entire system and the city is now assured ot a never failing supply.

Springneld, I11., will save $20,000 by the consolidation of its water and light plants. The new building in process of construction at the waterworks is large enough to allow for the installation of the electric light plant, which will be a saving in payrolls as well as a vast amount of coal consumed.

The Topeka, Kan., water works system has been connected with mains of the private system attached to the Santa Fe Railroad Company’s shops, the daily capacity of which is 5,000,000 gallons. Thus, in case of an emergency or a breakdown in either system, there will be no lack of water.

Raleigh, S. C, has been offered the refusal oi the Wake Water Company’s system for $263,000, which the council considers an excessive price, especially as $60,000 must be expended in making temporary repairs. The courts have just made permanent the receivership of the company, whose franchise has still nine years to run.

Edward L. Bailey, proprietor of the Dundee Electric Lighting Plant, Dundee, N. Y., will probably install a private system of water works in the valley supplying at first those who are on the principal street, and extending the system as desired. He will build a standpipe to which water will be pumped from well lie will have driven.

Spokane, Wash., invested $464,490.30 this year in improvements, of which $100,668.81 was used in purchasing private water systems, $73,000 to complete the Lincoln Heights reservoir. $83,000 for the force main on the north hill, $8,000 for a modern new fireproof meter and repair building, while the other $200,000 went into new water mains and the installation of meters.

Macedonia, Ia., is installing a water works system. The standpipe is to be a 90-foot tower, with a capacity of 25,000 gallons. One mile and a half oi 4-inch and 6-inch pipe is being laid. The source of supply is a well, the water of which is soft and flows in abundance through soapstone. Pumping engine included; the cost of the system will be about $8,000.

Around Glendora, Cal., artesian wells are being drilled. In one water has been struck at a depth of 230 feet just under a layer of rock formation with all the characteristics of cement. In another case just outside the city limits, where the drill has not passed the 300-foot level, the thick bed of water-bearing gravel and the quantity of water in sight promise a very large supply.

The International Waterways Commission, among other topics studies questions relating to the effects of diversions of water from the Great Lakes, and particularly with regard to the levels of Lake Erie as affected by the flow through the Niagara river, it is said, will recommend placing a submerged weir in that river between Buffalo and Niagara Falls to raise the level of Lake Erie The weir will work automatically.

For 10 or 20 years Leavenworth, Kan . has been supplied with water by a company which, it is averred, has no franchise. According to the Post of that city, the service is not satisfactory, but the company threatens to bring suit if a new company is started and to fight if it cannot get twice its worth for its plant. The law in Kansas gives the city commissioners power to regulate the rates of the existing company, but they seem unwilling to put the provisions of the law in force.

Those who live on the outskirts of Kirkwood. Mo., will be supplied with water in future by the West St. Louis Water and Light Company at the same rate as every other consumer in St. Louis County—$1.50 for 2,500 gallons. The company has over 200 miles of pipe laid in that country, and claims to have invested $200,000 so as to furnish good service. The cost of connections with the new mains will be shouldered by the company and house owners will not he compelled to buy new meters. It is the company’s aim to abolish the flat rate as something unfair to those who use meters.

Three persons certainly, if not more, were killed and about a score hurt, more or less seriously when the St Ceorge Hotel on East Third street, Los Angeles, Cal., was destroyed by an early morning fire. One woman, an actress, with her baby, found the means of escape from the fifth floor cut off by the one only stairway, which was ablaze, first threw her 18-months’ old baby into the net. held by the firemen. It was saved. She then jumped for her life, but missed the net, fell to the ground and sustained fatal injuries. Another woman jumped from the sixth floor on the front ot the hotel and was crumpled up to (bath on the sidewalk.

Next spring Omaha, Neb, will build three additional settling basins. Five are already in use.

The capacity of the latter is about 90,000,000 gallons; that of the new reservoir will be about 40,000,000 gallons. The average daily pumpage is about 19,000,000 gallons. The old Holly pump is to be repaired with a modern machine of large capacity and a new pump will be added to the service from the river to the basins. The new 48-inch main from Florence to Lake street is now completed. It has been built in four sections. with shut-off valves, and is connected with the old 36-inch main.

The New Jersey State water supply commission, after a consultation with (iovernor Wilson, has decided to purchase the Whart m tract of land in Atlantic, Burlington and Camden counties, covering 110,000 acres, as a watershed to supply all municipalities of South Jersey with water. The price is $1,000,000. The capacity of the watershed when completed will be about 400,000,000 gallons daily and will supply about 5,000,000 persons. The tract was purchased by Joseph H. Wharton as a water supply for Philadelphia, but the law against diverting New Jersey potable waters to any other State prevented the carrying out of the project.

It seems a sin that every day from 50,000,000 to 75.000 Ooo gallons of water should form the overflow from Baltimore’s dam at Loch Raven and he suffered to escape without being stored or utilized in some way for the benefit of the city’s consumers, whether for domestic or manufacturing purposes. Yet such apparently is the case, and the waste must continue till the completion of the new dam which is being built a mile or so to the north. The Loch Raven dam is 25 feet high ; the height of the new one will he 50 feet. Even when the latter is completed, however, the city, according to Engineer Whitman, will not he able to prevent the waste of millions of gallons daily, so plentiful is the water in the Gunpowder river.

In 91 cities of the United States of over 50 900 population, according to the special report of the U. S. Census Bureau, $617,000,000 had been paid out for water works Systems. Sin e then New York City has paid over $15,000,000 for extensions within the city limits and is paying $2,000,000 a month instalment for the 300,000 000 per day Catskill supply through a 100-mile aqueduct. Los Angeles, Cal., voted a bond issue of $23,000,000 to bring 259,000,000 gallons per day front a point 225 miles away. Cincinnati has been spending over $19,990,000 on its water department ; Buffalo, over $5,000,000; Philadelphia, over $30,000,000. Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago, Washington and other cities also have not been behind hand in their expenditures on water works systems.

To forestall any attempts on the part of the moneyed interests who would like to open up 75.000 acres of undeveloped coal lands along Indian Creek, the Mountain Water Supply Company a subsidiary organization of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, the water company has secured an injunction to prevent the pollution of that portion of the Monongnhela watershed whence the railroad company derives its water for filling the tanks of its locomotives operating there. Indian Creek is now and some years ago, when the railroad company purchased rights along itv shores, was the largest unpolluted stream in western Pennsylvania. The company spent over $15,000,000 in building a dam and providing for a pure water supply which was piped to the Union Station in Pittsburgh and other points in that section. Unless this injunction is made permanent. the coal speculators will open up collcries. and the water of the creek will be so polluted as to be useless for the purposes of the railroad company or any others.