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 A compromise is Expected and the action will be withdrawn.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.