Wheeling, W. Va., Officials Inspect Cincinnati Filter Plant
A delegation of Wheeling, W. Va., officials and business men to the number of twenty made an inspection of the Cincinnati, O., filtration plant in connection with the proposed filtration plant in their city. The party included the Mayor, H. L. Kirk, the members of the Board of Control, the city engineer, Charles Cooke, the city health officer, W, C. Etzler, and Chief Edward Rose. The delegation was treated to a demonstration of the Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Company and was taken on one of the company’s motor engines on a trip through the city. Following this the visitors were taken to the reservoir, 13 miles away. Every branch of the water works was inspected. After the visit Mayor Kirk said: “Cincinnati is well blessed for a water system. I think without a doubt that it is the best we, or any other city, could get. I was not at first fully in favor of the mechanical or rapid sand filtration, but I now see where it is the best. They have abundance of water and there are no offensive tastes, which were expected. 1 he system is giving the utmost satisfaction.” Dr. Etzler, another member of the party, said: “Speaking from a bacteriological standpoint, 1 would have to give their system my heartiest support. The plant has been in operation now ior years and typhoid fever has been almost entirely eliminated. Of course they have certain features that our city could not afford, but at the same time these things do not play a very important part in the system. Everyone drinks river water. They serve it in their hotels. You see no peddlers selling spring water. The citizens are satisfied with the system and claim it to be the best. Persons who left Wheeling convinced that they did not want the rapid sand filtration system came back entirely converted.” Another delegation of Wheeling people visited the Wilkinsburg filtration plant, which is similar to that proposed for Wheeling, and expressed themselves as highly pleased with the pjant.