January 29


So many of us take water for granted, turn on the tap, flush toilet. Yet as you read this blog you realize clean and safe water is something that has happened in our (great) grandparents’ time. It was a different world 100 years ago.
I wanted to share, I hope you find it interesting. Jon

This Day in Water History

0129 PipeThawing Truck

January 29, 1914:  Municipal Journal article—Pipe Thawing Outfit. “An electric thawing plant carried on a motor truck is used by the Columbus, 0 ., water works for thawing water pipes. It can be transported readily to the danger point and put to effic1ent use on very short notice. The outfit consists of a 50-h.p. engine operating an electric generator and a drum carrying two lengths of cable, each 210 feet in length, for making taps. For making contact on hydrants and on any size pipe from three-eighths of an inch to two and a half inches, a number of bronze clamps are carried, together with hand nuts, etc. The method of thawing an underground pipe is by including it in an electric circuit. which results in rapid melting of the ice next to the inner surface of the pipe; after that the flow of the water helps the thawing process…

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