June 6, 1912: Filth in Water for Columbus, IN and Sidewalks in Venice, CA

0606 Water FilthJune 6, 1912: Municipal Journal articles.

Much Filth in Water. “Columbus, Ind.-Local people have been sickened by the filth that has been taken from the water works, which is being cleaned. The water is pumped from the river into a well through a thirty-six-inch main, and is then drawn from the well into the city mains. Nearly a car load of mud, slime, filth, sand, bullfrogs, turtles, eels, fish, etc., have been taken from the well and dumped over the breakwater near the water works in the river. William Stillinger, an engineer at the water works, has the job of crawling in the main that runs under the river to the old infiltration gallery. The pumps at the water works keep the water in this main at a fixed depth. Should they stop Stillinger would be drowned. J. C. Rush, chief engineer of the water works, says fully three car loads of filth and mud will be taken from the well before the work is finished.”

Commentary: Notice that the water is untreated in any way. No wonder the sight of all the stuff in the raw water made them sick.

0606 Venice CA arcaded sidewalksArcaded Sidewalks. “A novel suggestion from Venice. California, is the use of arcaded sidewalks for the business streets. As the photograph shows, these add to the beauty of the street when the architecture conforms to the style rendered necessary by the arches. In this case the inspiration is direct from Italy, but the California Missions or the German Renaissance would afford equally good models for this arcaded sidewalk plan. Arcades similar in plan, but less pretentious architecturally, may be found in old English cities also. The advantages are various. The protection for the shoppers from sun and storm makes the arcades as busy in bad weather as in fine, to the profit of the merchant. The property owner secures additional floor space above the ground floor, and this should make the plan of interest to builders on a limited area. The beauty of the design is undeniable.

Commentary: This article has nothing to do with the history of water, but it refers to arcaded sidewalks in a neighboring city (to Santa Monica) that are as beautiful today as they were in 1912. Every time I see them, I think what a great idea they were. The editors of the Municipal Journal sometimes waxed philosophic about a particularly interesting part of municipal design.

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