SOUVENIR-CHARTERS TOWERS, 1872 TO JULY.
1950 Page 45
The Charters' Towers Water Authority
This Authority is operated by the City Council.
J. D. Cunningham (Chairman), G. J. Carbis, J. D. Hides, W. James, A.
Mr. J. G. McClelland.
Pumping Station Engineer:
Mr. P. Matthews.
Mr. H. Swann.
Origin of Water Supply:
This supply is taken from the Burdekin River; the Weir and Pumping
Station are situated approximately 9 miles from the City.
Capacity of Weir:
Plant at Pumping Station
Electrically Operated Pumps:
Two Multi Stage Thompson High Lift Pumps driven by two 170 h.p. A.G.E.
Squirrel Cage Type Motors; one Multi Stage Vertical Thompson Low Lift
Pump driven by a vertical 35 h.p. A.G.E. Squirrel Sage Type Motors.
Maximum Pumping Capacity:
64,000 gallons per hour.
Steam Operated Standby Pumps:
These consist of three Cornish Type Steam Boilers and two "Hawton
Compound Steam Engines direct coupled to plunger type Water Pumps.
Maximum Pumping Capacity: 38,000 gallons per hour.
Water from the Weir flowvs by gravity to the suction side of
the electrically driven low lift pumper steam pumps. The electrical or
steam pumps force the wvater through 8 miles and 75 chains long, 12
inch diameter, cast iron pipes against a head of over 700 feet or
300lbs. per sq. inch gauge pressure. On its way to the 1,800,000 gallon
storage tanks. situated in the top of the hill in the city, the
quantity of water pumped is measured by a Venturi Meter, which is
located at Lissner Park. This meter has retorded during a twenty four
hour period the pumping of over 1,000,000 gallons.
Population of Supply Area:
Number of Water Ratepayers:
Nearly 84 miles of reticulation piping varying from 9 inches to 1
inch in diameter is connected to the storage tanks on the hill.
Assets of Water Authority on 30th
June, 1949, £59,018; Revenue for period ended 30th June, 1949,
£21,154; Cost for period ended 30th June, 1949, £18,331;
Profit, Interest and Redemption for this period, £466.
CHARTERS TOWERS RAINFALL
|Average for 56 years