Well Drilling Outfit of a City Water Department
The water works of Canton, Miss., is owned and operated by the city under a commission, being now in its thirteenth year. J. T. Sharp, Jr., is the superintendent. A complete well-drilling outfit forms a part of its equipment, by which the city is able to drill deep wells and do any well repairing that is necessary. Two sources of supply are available to the city, one at 1,020 feet depth, which will rise 12 feet above the surface, and another at a depth of 375 feet, which will rise to a level of 14 feet below the surface. A well tapping the latter supply drops only 23 feet when yielding 300 to 350 gallons per minute, or to a point 37 feet below the surface. Recently this outfit was used for drilling a new well 372 feet deep and cased from the surface to a point about 38 feet from the bottom, a 40-foot Cook strainer being attached to the bottom of the casing. This well was finished complete and was pumping with air pressure on the sixth working day, three days having been taken for drilling, one for casing, one for setting the strainer, and the sixth for washing out the sand and putting in the air pipes. This is a ten-inch well and is the largest and deepest that has ever been drilled there. The total cost for labor and material was $1,343. During the past four years the city has used its plant for repairing two deep wells, sinking one shallow well and completing another shallow well. Mr. Sharp has been in charge of all. of this work during the past twelve years.