QUEENSTON (Special) — This week should see the completion of the new reservoir to provide city water for the village of Queenston, Niagara Parkway and Stone Road. No longer will it be necessary for residents to depend on wells and pumps for their water supply. Installation of water meters and the covering of the reservoir with earth and the chlorination of the water with which it is filled is all that remains before taps can be turned.
Completed at a cost of $105,000, the ratepayers who benefit from this system will pay for it over a 3.5 year period on a basis of frontage, assessment and meters. Water will come from the Niagara Falls city supply. From 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. when the demand on the city system is not so great, the big concrete reservoir will be filled automatically. The reservoir is near the top of the Niagara escarpment, directly south of the village of Queenston and slightly below and to the east of Brock's Monument. Trucks of earth with which the reservoir is to be packed and completely covered to a depth of 3 Or 4 feet. The earth will keep the water supply at a cool even temperature and will prevent freezing. The structure, of reinforced concrete has two separate compartments "each with its own valve so that if repairs or flushing out are necessary, half the reservoir can be shut off but the supply to the consumer will not be affected.
The reservoir, which has a concrete roof 2 ft. thick is 17 feet deep, roof 2 feet thick is 17 feet deep, and is 62 feet long by 30 feet wide. It was constructed by Robertson Construction Co., and has been inspected and approved by the council. A pipe line from the reservoir has been laid almost 7 miles along the Niagara Parkway to the edge of Niagara-on-the-Lake by Damore Bros. Construction. Co.
Laterals into homes and barns of consumers along the river front are now being completed. Council feels that the addition of this system with hydrants every 800 feet will not only be of great benefit to the householder but will be an advantage in watering stock an in fighting fires. In the early summer, the hydrant in front of A D. Armstrong's property proved it's worth when a garage was destroyed by fire. Adjacent buildings were saved because of the available water supply. This system will supplement the Niagara Township fire fighting equipment which consists of a modern pumper and two A.R.P. pumpers. And should make Niagara Township one of the best protected semi-rural communities in the country.
The new system covers a territory from the Niagara River west to the former New York Central Railway track to the border of Niagara-on-the-lake.
The western section of the Township particularly the St. Davids area is to be served by another system for which plans have been completed. Water supply will come from springs in Stamford Township at the source of the Pour Mile Creek. Work is expected to start this fall and should be completed next year.
Township Council purchased thirty acres containing the springs. Half of this has been sold leaving 15 acres surrounding the springs. An open reservoir to contain 7 million gallons is planned for this project and 25 miles of pipe of various sizes has been ordered.