Wooster Water Works

Wooster Water Works

There is some sentiment in Wooster, Ohio, in favor of using the Applecreek water for the city supply, some believing that it is more practicable and cheaper to use this water than from the Killbuck. In reply to an inquiry as to the suitability of Applecreek water for a water supply a resident of Wooster, an attorney, recently received a letter from Assistant Secretary James F.. Bauman, of the State Board of Health, in which he said: “I am in receipt of your letter of October 20th and note your request for information relative to the suitability of a water supply for Wooster, obtained from Applecreek. In October. 1897, the state board of health condemned the use of Applecreek as a source of water supply. In June, 1906, the board disapproved a proposed new source of water supply for the city, which was to have been obtained from wells in the valley of Applecreek. In 1907, the board again disapproved the use of the Spruce street wells, so-called, the scheme cf obtaining water from more wells to be located immediately west of Spruce street, and the scheme of constructing an emergency intake into Applecreek unless a filtration plant be installed. The board, at this time, also advised that as the water of Applecreek was more contaminated than that of Killbuck creek, it would be inadvisable to use the former stream. In September. 1914, the state board of healh issued an order to the city of Wooster requiring the installation of a public water supply satisfactory to the state board of health. Previously, investigation had shown the existing sources of water supply, except the Bloomington wells, to be of unsatisfactory quality. It would appear from the above records that the hoard has adopted the attitude, as a result of investigation, that no satisfactory water supply be secured from Applecreek or from the territory near the stream.”

The voters of Wadsworth, Ohio, will be called upon at an early date to decide whether or not the town shall issue bonds to the amount of $25,000 for the construction of a filter plant at the water works station.

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