West Springfield Water Department
The water department of West Springfield. Mass., have decided to utilize the water power available at the Bear Hole reservoir dam and save the town $300 a month which it now pays for electric power to run the pumps which raise the water from the reservoir to the supply tank on Rogers avenue. Engineers working on the dam suggested to the water commissioners that the present power house could be remodeled for the use of water power at an expense which would be quickly wiped out by the saving in electric power bills and the Water Commissioners have accordingly taken the matter under consideration. Although the plans are only in the preliminary stage, it is known that a flume would be run from Bear Hole pond above the dam and that a double water wheel in the power house would take the water from a drop of forty feet. The power house is now equipped with two 45-horsepower pumps each, of which is driven by a 75-horsepower motor. Under the present arrangement the town pays about $300 each month to a power company for the power used in running the motors.