WATERWORKS NEWS OF THE WEEK
Fort Smith, Ark., is about to extend its waterworks system.
Sisson, Cal., is laying 4,000 feet of 2 1/2-inch pipe for fire mains throughout the city.
Longmont, Colo., has just completed an extension of its water system, costing $15,000.
The Pittsburg, Pa., Filtration Co. has begun work on the new waterworks plant at Macomb, Ill.
The reservoir tank at Moundsville, W. Va., has been completed. It is of 40,000 gallons capacity.
About one-third of the water consumers in Milwaukee, Wis., pay less than $2 per year for the service.
Helena, Ark., is making an effort to purchase the waterworks system from the private corporation for the city.
Perth Amboy, N. J., is repairing a leak in one of its 24-inch water mains, where 500,000 gallons are going to waste daily.
An agitation is on foot in Charlotte, N. C.. for the purchase of the Delwarth water and sewer systems in Delwarth, N. C.
Harlinger, Tex., anticipates the construction of a waterworks system that will be a credit to a city four times its size.
Easthampton, Mass., has completed a reservoir with a storage capacity of 2,000,000 gallons. The town is using 1,000,000 gallons daily.
Owing to a scarcity of water, Ballston Spa, N. Y., has revoked a permit allowing Frank H. Hawthorn, of Saratoga, water for his mineral springs.
Aquisition of the local water system is being agitated in Williamsport, Pa. Owners of the system will be asked to submit a statement of the cost.
The making of a long-term contract between Pawtucket and Central Falls, R. I., for supplying the latter city with water, is still in abeyance.
The Board of Estimate at Rochester, N. Y., has appropriated $60,000 for the purchase of lands on the shore of Canadice Lake, which are necessary for the protection of the city’s water supply.
The Freeport Water Company, of Freeport, Ill., has expressed a willingness to appoint an appraiser for determining the value of the plant in connection with a plan for municipal ownership.
The Baird, Tex., city council has contracted for the building of a tower and 60,000-gallon tank and also for the installing of a 10-horsepower gasoline engine at the wells that supply the city water.
The 100,000-gallon water tanks at Gilbert, Minn., is up and is being supplied with water from the Geneva mine, two miles away. It will take a month to get everything finished. A sixinch pipe is being laid.
Canajoharie, N. Y., was without water for 24 hours, ending at 9 a. m., July 26. The West Hill reservoir was entirely empty, and the village was without fire protection. Other cities in the Mohawk Valley are no better off.
The Akron Waterworks Company has refused to meet with a committee of fire appointed by the city council, for the purpose of discussing the value of the local system with a view of its purchase by the city.
Davenport Water Company, of Davenport, Ia., has applied to the city council for a 25-year extension of its franchise, agreeing to expend $150,000 in increasing capacity of mains, pumping station and sedimentation basin.
The daily news of Saginaw, Mich., confesses that it is losing many desirable residents on account of the city’s poor water supply. One man who was about to erect a $35,000 residence has abandoned the idea for the above reason.
The city council of Maplewood, Mo., has ordered a special election to vote upon the question of granting a 25-year franchise to the West St. Louis Water and Light Company, which includes a 25 per cent, reduction in water rates.
After years of litigation the city of Urbana. Ohio, has decided to own and control its own waterworks plant. The receiver for the local plant has reported an offer of $150,000 for its purchase and has been given permission by the courts to accept.
Fearing the outbreak of a typhoid epidemic in Wilkesbarre, Pa., householders are urged to boil all water for drinking and other purposes. This and other measures are being taken as a precaution against the disease, which is manifesting itself in different parts of the city.
The reports that snakes the thickness of a knitting needle and several inches in length had been taken from a number of hydrants have caused a number of people to doubt the purity of the water at St. Mary’s, O. The state board of health, however, pronounces the water good.
The water committee of Frankfort. Ky., has completed a report recommending that the city exercise its option and purchase the plant of the local water company. The contract between the city and the company which has been effective for 25 years, expired July 1.
The Elyria Iron and Steel Company, of Elyria, Ohio, is desirous of purchasing the old waterworks property situated on the bank of the west branch of the Black river, adjacent to the company’s plant. A communication to that effect has been addressed to the board of control.
At Corpus Christi, Tex., the water mains have been increased from only three miles four months ago to nearly sixteen miles at the present moment. This unusual increase in the length of the water mains has been made imperative by the growth of the city during the past two years.
A test of the 60-foot well at Topeka, Kan., shows that the capacity will he 38,000,000 gallons a day, or 10,000,000 gallons more than is required to supply the demands of the city at the present time, and about 16,000,00 gallons more than is required for an average day in the winter season.
An order authorizing that the Columbus Waterworks Company, which has property amounting to about $400,000, be sold, at Columbus, Ga., at public outcry, has been presented to Judge Newman in the United States Court. The company has been in litigation since 1902.
An option for the purchase of the Wichita water plant given to the city by the American Water Company early in the year and which should have expired on July 17, has been extended three months. The price named in the option is $950,000 plus the cost of all improvements made since August, 1909.
At Orofino, Idaho, Contractor C. A. Cochran, who is installing the gravity water system, reports that 9,000 feet of mains have been laid, with hydrants at each street crossing. The reservoir has 100,000 gallons capacity, is 180 feet above the business district, and has 70 pounds pressure at Third street and Johnson avenue.
A plant designed to remove iron from water by precipitation with lime and subsequent mechanical filtration, has recently been installed at Iowa City, Ia. Two Kingsford centrifugal pumps, with 8-inch discharge and 10-inch suction, each having a rated capacity of 2.000,000 gallons daily, are connected to 35-hp. Sturtevant upright engines.
As a result of a break in a 24-inch main in South Salina street. Syracuse, N. Y., on July 27, more than 8,500,000 gallons of water ran to waste. About one hundred cellars were filled with water in the central flood zone. The fire engine of company No. 6 of the bureau of fire was loaned by Chief John P. Quigley, and aided materially in the pumping out of cellars.
The waterworks company at Seneca Falls. N. Y., has practically completed the work of renewing its system by replacing the old worn out cement-lined pipe with cast-iron. The pumps at the lake have been greatly improved, adding to the efficiency of the system. but there has been no reduction of rates, which are said to be greatly in excess of any place in that vicinity.
The 36-inch high-pressure circulating water main in Water street, Springfield. Mass., broke July 27 at the foot of Hampden street, and much damage was done to the surrounding factories by the flood of water. A hole 40 by 30 feet was dug in Water stret. and it took 125 men nearly all day to fill it so that the broken pipe could be replaced with a new one. The pressure in the mains dropped from 145 pounds to 20 pounds.
An act of the Massachusetts legislature provides for the transference of the Millbury Water Company system to the town, at a price to be fixed by three commissioners for the town and the officials of the water company. Failing to agree, the matter is to be settled by a commission of three, whose decision is final. The plant is valued at approximately $240,000.
At a recent meeting of the city council of Salem. Ore., an ordinance was passed amending the city charter in such a manner as to enable the council to purchase the water plant, now owned hy the Salem Water Company, and extend the water mains throughout the city at a cost of $4,000,000. This charter amendment will be voted upon by the people at a special election to be held on August 15.
At the meeting of the Charlestown, S. C., city council, held on June 14, by a majority of one vote, the report of the minority member of the board of water commissioners refusing a franchise to the Charleston Light and Water Company was accepted. The wisdom of this action has since been warmly debated, and it is suggested that the matter may be brought before council at a future meeting for reconsideration.
The Fairmount, Kan., pumping station now has live wells front which to draw water. Three new wells, 30 feet deep, have recently been drilled by the water company, and one of the old ones has been discarded. For the past few summers the water in the wells has been quite low. This year there has been apparently no decrease in the water supply. It is now pumping on the average 350,000 gallons daily. Last year the daily average was 250,000 gallons.
The Cook wells, at Lowell, Mass., now being used to augment the supply of water for the farhighlands district, are gushing forth 2,500,000 gallons daily, an amount which quite astonishes Supt. Robert J. Thomas, of the water department While 7,000,000 gallons of water were being used daily during two weeks in June, that amount has been decreased to between 6,000,000 and 6,500,000 at present. The Worthington pump has a capacity of 10,000,000 gallons daily.
The city council and the York, Neb., Water Company have arrived at an agreement re ganling the water question to he submitted to the voters for acceptance or rejection. The water company has agreed to accept $52,500 for the plant if the city prefers to buy it or the other offer of the city for an extension of the water company’s franchise for fifteen years from May 1, 1912, when the franchise will expire, with a hydrant rental of $32 per hydrant per year up to ninety hydrants, and $25 per hydrant above ninety. At the election to be held a proposition for a new plant will also be submitted to voters.
Dr. D. D. Jackson, head of the laboratory of the water department of New York City, who supervises the daily analyses of samples of water from all parts of Greater New York, declares that at the present time Brooklyn water is of a high-grade quality, He is positive that the condition of the water has nothing to do with this year’s high mortality among infants. He agrees with Dr. Benson, the sanitary superintendent, and Dr. Baker, head of the division of child hygiene of the health department, that the mortality rate among Brooklyn babies is no higher than that among Manhattan babies, and attributes the high rate of the past few weeks to temperature conditons with the accompanying increase of flies and poorer sanitary conditions.
At a recent hearing given by the New YorkState Water Supply Commission upon the application of the village of Canajoharie, N. Y., to amend the plans for a new water supply, it was shown that it is proposed to change the location of the reservoir to a more convenient site and to relocate the pipe line which extends from Palatine to Canajoharie, a distance of about 11 miles. It was urged in favor of the change that the new location would make it possible to build a conduit more cheaply. The village has already sold bonds to the amount of $150,000 for the work, and, while this will not he sufficient to pay the cost of carrying the plans fully into effect, it will provide a sufficient supply for present needs. The new system is to furnish water not only to the village of ‘Canajoharie, but also to Palatine Bridge.
The following notice has been issued by Secretary McFall: This is the last call for Syracuse. Will you be there? More chiefs than ever before assembled at an annual meeting will be present. More firefighting apparatus will be exhibited. More automobile firefighting apparatus will be shown than at any previous convention. In short, this is the ONE meeting for a live, hustling, ready and anxious-to-learn chief. From Syracuse it is but four hours to Niagara Falls, the world’s most beautiful cataract. To the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River is but a run of three hours. A most delightful side trip after the close of the meeting would be a trip to Niagara, thence down Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River to the Thousand Islands —a few days’ rest before returning home. The topics to be discussed, the entertainment to be turnished by Chief Quigley, and the hotel rates have been given in a previous circular.
RAILROAD RATES.—The railroads operating in the New England States and New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois, east of Chicago, Peoria, Keokuk and St. Louis, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, have announced a rate of one and three-fifths fares for the round trip on the certificate plan, rickets on sale briday, August 19; return tickets can be purchased in Syracuse up to and including Tuesday, Aug. 30. When purchasing your ticket upon leaving home, be sure and have the agent give you a certificate; a fee of 25 cents will be charged by the validating agent for each certificate validated at Syracuse.
The Western and Southeastern Passenger associations, controlling rates west of Chicago and St. Louis, and south of the Ohio and Potomac rivers, decline to grant a reduction. Members in this territory are advised to consult their local agent as to the most advantageous ratecither a straight one-way ticket to Syracuse, or a local ticket to Chicago, St Louis, Cincinnati or Washington, and then buy a ticket on the certificate plan to Syracuse.
NEW YORK TRIP.—FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING will have a special car attached to the Empire State Express, which leaves New York Monday, Aug. 22, at 8.30 a.m., and arrives at Syracuse at 2.18 p.m., 5 hours and 48 minutes after leaving New York, Fare one way, including Pullman seat,
CHICAGO TRIP. Frank C. Stover, 161 Randolph street, has arranged for a special party to leave Chicago over the Michigan Central, Sunday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m., stopping at Niagara Falls Monday morning and arriving in Syracuse at 4 p.m. Monday.
HOTE RATES.— The Onondaga Hotel, headquarters, European plan, $1.50 to $6 per day. The Yates, European plan, $1.50 to $4 per day; American plan, $4 to $6 per day. Hotel St. Cloud, American plan, $2 to $3.50 per day Hotel Jefferson. Ameriean plan, $2 to $3 per day. Vanderbilt Hotel, American plan, $2.50 to $4 50 per day. It is suggested to those attending to engage their hotel accommodations without delay.
SECRETARY—The secretary will have his office at the Onondaga Hotel, and will open and be ready for registering the members on Monday, August 22.
George W.Horton, president of tile International Association of Eire Engineers, has issued the following list of committees to act at the Syracuse convention:
COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS.
Chief Charles E. Swingley, St. Louis, Mo.; Assistant Superintendent Salvage Corps J. J. Cashman, Jr., Brooklyn, N. Y.; Chief Patrick Byron, Troy, N. Y.; Chief J. J. Wood, Paducah, Ky.; Chief G. W. Arnett, Lambertville, N. J.
COMMITTEE ON EXHIBITS.
Ex-Chief Fillmore Tyson, Louisville, Ky.; Chief Edward F. Dahill. New Bedford, Mass.; ex-Chief William F. Conran, Amityville, N. Y.; Chief C. J. Lauer, Columbus, Ohio; Chief R. A. Maxson, Gloversville, N. Y.
COMMITTEE ON STATE VICE-PRESIDENTS.
Chief John Stagg, Paterson, N. J.; Chief Chas S. Allen, Trenton. N. J.; ex-Superintendent Salvage Corps J. O. Glanville, St. Louis, Mo.; Chief Charles Little, Rochester, N. Y.; ex-Chief D. E. Benedick, Newark, N. J.
COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS AS TO COURTESIES EXTENDED CONVENTION.
Superintendent Salvage Corps George R. Stillman, Philadelphia. Pa.; Chief John A. Mullen, Boston, Mass.: Chief E. S. Hosmer, Lowell, Mass.; Chief T. W. Haney, Jacksonville, Fla.; Chief G. W. Petty, Alexandria, Va.
COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS AS TO DECEASED MEMBERS.
Chief M. S. Humphreys. Pittsburg, Pa.; Chief Rufus R. Fancher, New Haven, Conn.; Chief H. F. Magee, Dallas, Tex.; Fire Marshal Pennsylvania Railroad. Herbert Heston, Philadelphia, Pa.; Chief F. J. Wagner, Washington, D. C.
Headquarters at The Onondago.
The Onondaga hotel, which will be the headquarters of the International Association of Fire Engineers in Syracuse, is a new, absolutely fireproof structure and represents with its furnishings an investment of $1,250,000. It contains 325 rooms for guests, four large restaurants, large banquet hall, seating up to 500 persons, together with a number of smaller ones of varying capacities up to 150 each. It is provided with five electric elevators, four hydraulic lifts, complete pneumatic tube system connecting all departments, its own ice-manufacturing and refrigerating plant, vacuum cleaning system, electric light and power plant. The heating and ventilating system is most comprehensive and of the best approved modern type. The hotel is located in the very heart of the business section of Syracuse, but one block in either direction from the county court house, post office and Federal building and within five minutes of the two railroad stations. It is under the general direction of Frederick W. Rockwell, proprietor of the Ten Eyck Hotel, Albany, an indication of the character of its conduct and management.
Reservations should be applied for at once in order to secure good locations. Address the Onondaga, Syracuse, N. Y.
Special excursions from New York and Chicago to Syracuse have been arranged so that delegates may have an opportunity of traveling in the most pleasant manner from places contiguous to these cities.
THE NEW YORK TRIP will be via The Albany Day Line on the Hudson to Albany and thence by rail to Syracuse. The boat leaves Desbrosses Street, Manhattan at 8.40 A. M. arriving at Albany at 6 P. M. and Syracuse at 11 P. M. The fare from New York to Syracuse is $4.95. Meals may be had on board the boat and the fine sail on the Hudson will make a most restful and pleasant trip. Further information may be had on application to the office of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.