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Washburn, F. E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Vol. 5, No. 2 (May 1901)

J. B. J.; F. E. T.
Book reviews,   pp. 226-228


Page 227


Book Rcviczs.
cities located in a glaciated region where water-supplies may be
drawn from underground sources, admitting of more or less free
flow. They can also bee applied to the flow of ground-water in
porous rocks. There is no question but that a large proportion of
the water-works, which utilizes a ground-water supply, have
been poorly designed on account of a lack of knowledge of the
principles of ground-water flow.
  The one hundred pages or more, which have been prepared by
Dr. Russell, on the Quality of WIater-suipplies, is of the utmost
value and significance. Dr. Russell is as high an authority on this
subject as there is in America, and these chapters have brought the
subject down to date in the fields of bacteriology and chemistry.
The citations of instances and authorities also in these chapters
are very full. These chapters alone make the book one of distinct
and exceptional value.
  The chapters on Purification Works also include the latest and
most reliable information in this important field, and here, as else-
where in the book, the best foreign practice, as well as American,
has been made tributary to the treatment and to the conclusions.
  Professor Turneaure s part of the work, which is much the
largest portion, bears the marks of his usual care and ability. It
is evident that he has made himself familiar with the best practice
the world over and has judiciously selected the safest and most
characteristic samples for illustration. Some unique graphical
diagrams for rapid computations are furnished, which will prove a
great saving of labor in designing. This portion of the work
would seem to leave nothing to be desired within the compass of
such a book. The size of the book is not indicated, however, by
the number of pages, since the page margins are narrow, the
actual plate composition being 4X2x7 inches, so that each page
contains about four hundred and fifty words.
  The chapter on Pumping i\fachinery has been prepared by an
engineer of large experience in this field for both large and small
cities. It includes, therefore, the results of actual experience as
well as of theory, and contains the latest and best practice, espe-
cially with centrifugal pumping machinery. In this field M\Ir.
Mlead has had very remarkable success and has secured very high
efficiency from this class of pumps, when working under a great
head.
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