WATERWORKS SYSTEM OF JACKSON.
Jackson, Mich., claims that its waterworks system is as good as any in the country. The system is direct pumping. The waterworks is located almost in the centre of the city and has two large pumps installed—one a 12,000,000-gal. Gaskill; the other on 8,000,000-gal. Holly. From the pumping station two mains—20-in. and 24-in. respectively—lead the water, and the principal distributing mains are 20-in. and 16-in. The domestic pressure of 60 lbs. is maintained at the waterworks and is maintained at the same rate in business sections. Owing to the comparatively small area of the city, the large mains and effective pumping machinery, a fire-pressure of 120 lbs. can be developed down town—one adequate for all emergencies and enabling the fire department to dispense with steamers. Last year the daily pumpage of the city averaged 2.739,320 gals. The source of supply is artesian wells, and the quality of the water is so excellent as not to need filtration. The cost of the plant up to the end of 190b was $450,000.
The American-La France Fire Engine company has just delivered to Miami. Fla., a Metropolitan engine. All the city officials were highly pleased with the test, and the engine was at once put into commission. Chief Hardie says he is now ready to cope with any fire he may have to fight.