Beloit city directory for 1902
Compendium of general information, pp. 7- PDF (6.9 MB)
BELOIT WATERWORKS COMPANY. 7 7 T HE CITY OF BELOIT has one of the finest water supplies in the country, remarkable for its purity. The source of supply is evi- dently the same as that of Waukesha, Palmyra and other notableWis- consin waters in this part of the state, as the analysis shows. The water is supplied by innumerable springs bubbling up under the bottom of a huge well thirty feet in diameter and forty feet deep. It is so clear and colorless that a cut glass when filled to the brim looks no different than the empty glass. We give the interpretation of analysis made by Prof. E. G. Smith, of Beloit college: Interpretation of results. The low amount of free ammonia, albuminoid ammonia, oxygen consumed and nitrates, and finally the physical properties indicate an almost absolute freedom from organic matters. (2) The hardness is about the average of our surface waters. (3) The results of the analysis show this water to rank among the very best city supplies. ERASTUS G. SMITH, Ph. D The grounds of the Waterworks occupy about five acres on the east bluff of the city and made a very beautiful little park with its natural trees and sloping lawns. The water tower, 100 feet high, is built of stone on raising ground and is the finest and largest piece of stone masonry of the kind in the west. The tower sustains a large cypress tank, holding 100,000 gallons of water, which is kept full at all times, day and night, and gives from its own head 60-pounds pressure to the business portion of the city. The pumps give a direct pressure of 125 pounds when required for fire purposes. Beloit has sixteen miles of water mains and over 150 fire hydrants, thus giving splendid fire pro- tection as well as beautiful and healthful water for domestic purposes. An auxillary water station on the West Side is also connected with the system and run by water power.
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