Canton, O., secures its water supply from a battery of thirty-two wells which are 200 feet deep and about 150 feet apart. The water is exceptionally pure and so cold it never requires ice in summer. Near the pumping station flows a creek upon which drafts are occasionally made at times of unusual consumption. The first wells drilled were eight inches in diameter and the last six inches. The cost of drilling was seventy-five cents a foot.
The work of testing the Baylis and Schuler wells for the purpose of ascertaining if the supply is enough to furnish the township of Kearny, N. J., with pure water has been begun. The Knowles company has erected a steam hydraulic pump, and will station an engineer, who will bike samples of the water for a further analysis.
Two new wells have been drilled on the south side of the canal at Medina, N. Y., which are connected by pipes with the pumping [station over a quarter of a mile away and the supply of water is now found to be sufficient to supply the needs of consumers at all times and still leave plenty for fire protection. The pressure from the standpipe is now in use at all times.
The Ballard, Wash., city council has let the contract for boring six wells to the Northwest Artesian Well company, of Seattle. There were eleven bids for furnishing cast iron and calamine pipe, and for the construction of the muitts and the laying of the pipe. The contract for the material, including all valves, hydrants, etc., together with the construction work was given to the Anniston Pipe and Foundry company, of Anniston, Ala., represented by John Martin, of San Francisco, the material to be standard cast iron pipe, and the price $28,763.12. Mr. Martin intends to give the contracts for laving the pipe and other work of construction to residents of Ballard.
Oxford, Mich., is drilling wells for its water works and laying the foundation for its power house.
In drilling a well in Hamilton county, Ind., for oil, at a depth of 900 feet, the drill dropped through a crust of rook, and a rush of water followed that submerged the derrick and drove off the workmen. Thedrill was finally removed, which gave the water an unobstructed vent, and ever since the water has been escaping at a rapid rate. The water escapes through a six-inch pipe, and is thrown fifty feet above the top of the derrick, which is eighty feet high. The force of the water is such that the column, as it has been swayed from side to side by tlie wind, has knocked the cross-timbers from the upper part of the derrick, leaving nothing but the upright pieces.