OH Brodie City Engineer, SB County Sun, 27 Jan 1955, p. 14
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By HAL MeCLl'RE After many weeks of study and testing, the San Bernardino Engi- neering Dept. has come up with a $4,172,663 plan to expand sewer-! age facilities in the city. , It is this plan which is now be-; ing studied by the City Council. Members recently indicated it would not be placed on the April 12 general election ballot even if given the go-ahead signal. City Engineer Omer H. Brodie's staff actually comes up with rec-l ommendations for a new sewage treatment plant east of existing facilities on S. E St., plus addi- tional main trunk sewers and oth- er improvements. Brodie's recommendations were based on a mushrooming popula- tion growth as were other city departmental plans for the future. A population of 135,095 is pre- dieted in 1970 within the present corporate limits of the city, Bro-die reports. And "should the pres- ent policy of encouraging annexation to the city prevail throughout the next 16 years, the population -within the city by the year 1970 could be well over 230,000 per- sons," Brodie says. In Brodie's well-documented 44- page report on his master plan for the sewerage system, he takes up .the history of the city's sewers ;dr. alonzo l. baker ... to speak at VC t k Baker Will Address Forum "Is America Going Isolationist Again?" is the subject of an ad- Ll A. Hoseaood friahtl. suDerintendent of the City Water of Sewerage Million Job It was just two years after the Santa Fe completed its continental railroad from Kansas City through San Bernardino to San Di ego that a sewer system was de signed. The first sewerage map was filed by City Engineer C. A. Smith on July 3, 1887. "During the ensuing 67 years," the report continues, "the city has sprung from a townsite having an area of approximately one square mile to a center of metropolitan significance containing a population in excess of 82,000 with an area of about 22 square miles." In 1927, a $600,000 bond issue was -approved by the electorate to construct the present sewage treat ment plant, syphon lines and certain outfall lines within the city. The treatment plant alone cost $291,000. Brodie says this plant was de signed on a basis of 60,000 and an anticipated sewage flow of 70 gallons per capita per day, or a total plant capacity of 4.2 million gallons per day. 1 During World War II, the U.S. Engineers Dept. assisted the city in enlarging the treatment plan to provide a means of disposal of additional sewage from the then Norton Air Depot. The federal government kicked in $225,000 for the work. City employes finished the project finally at a cost of $258,827. After the modfications it was anticipated the plant could serve a population of 80,000 persons, based upon a daUy per capita contribution of 89 gallons, or a maximum daily average flow of 8 million gallons. However, says Brodie, "The expectations of the modified plan were somewhat ambitious, since the living habits of the community proved to have changed during the years of World War II, resulting in a daily per capita contribution of approximately 120 gallons." The city's charter was amended on March 15, 1937, to establish the responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the sewage disposal plant. The City Water Dept. was given that responsibility and in April 1953 the board of commissioners urged a comprehensive study be made "to determine the future requirements of the city," says the report. In a special chapter devoted to the city's growth, the report shows how the city zoomed its 1.13 square mile size in 1860-90 to 21.28 square miles in 1952-54. Brodie sums it up this way: "It is obvious that the population growth of San Bernardino and environs will call for additions to the present sewerage system, in- j eluding not only the pipe lines but treatment and disposal facili ties as well." Brodie then goes into a report of sewage flows throughout San Bernardino. He said the tests were conducted during September and November last year at 17 strategic locations. An inspection wa : made to deter mine the pipe diameters, slope, depth of present flow, prev ious maximum depth of flow from high water marks, velocity of flow, and the relative roughness of the inside surface of the pipes. And during this flow-measuring period, Brodie says, an inspection was made to determine the con dition of manholes and pipe. "At numerous locations there was evidence of 'sluggish' flow in lines laid to grades that normally would produce satisfactory veloci ties." He said deposits ol solids, as well as hydrogen sulphide slime accumulation upon the upper sur faces of the pipe, "tend to in crease the roughness factor and decrease its efficiency to carry liquids." Brodie urges that the entire sew erage system be cleaned period ically to increase its efficiency. The city engineer suggested the enactment of an ordinance to pro hibit the runoff of evaporative cool er water into the sewerage sys tem during warm weather to help decrease the sewage flow. However, Brodie says the con struction of new intercepting sew ers to "relieve the overloaded conditions of any portion of the exist ing system should be held in abeyance until the results of a thorough cleaning of the system could be ascertained." CRESTLINE VOTERS PASS $460,000 WATER BOND ISSUE A bond issue of $460,000 was ap proved Tuesday by members of the Crestline Village Comity Wa ter District by a vote of 131 to 29. The count is unofficial, said Walter V. Combs, assistant coun ty clerk in charge of elections. Of the total bond issue voted, $280,000 will be used to buy out the Crestline Village Mutual Serv ice Co. in a "package" deal, according to Bishop Applegate, president of the Crestline Village County Water District. An estimated $100,000 of the bond issue will be placed in a reserve fund, he said. Nine absentee ballots issued will be counted at later date but will not affect results of the election, said Combs .