Water System Specifications, 1921

In case you were curious about what it took to install Skidmore, Missouri’s first water system, here is what the city published in the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), August 25, 1921, page 1:

Notice to Bidders.
Sealed proposals will be received by the City of Skidmore, Missouri, up to 7 o’clock p.m. of the 7th day of September 1921, for the furnishing of all material and labor necessary for the complete construction of a water works system under one general contract, approximate quantities of which are as follows:

Water Mains.
1,920 ft. — 6 in. cast iron pipe.
7,620 ft. — 4 in. cast iron pipe.
5,690 — pounds cast iron specials.
3,900 W. I. gal. iron pipe.
Hydrants and Valves
14 – 4 in. fire hydrants.
1 – 6 in. gate valve and box.
6 – 4 in. gate valves and boxes.
4 – 2 in. gate valves and boxes.

Water Supply.
15 ft. diameter by 30 ft. deep concrete dug well.
Concrete pump house over well.
100 gallon per minute vertical centrifugal pump with 10 horse power motor.

Reservoir.
40,000 gallon, 100 foot steel water tower.
Concrete foundation for tower.

Bids will be considered only when made out on copies of bidders form hereto attached, and must incorporate the furnishing of all material and labor essential to the construction of the job complete.

Bids to be delivered to the City Clerk, accompanied by a certified check in amount of 5% of the bid, which checks will be returned to the bidders at the close of the letting, with the exception of the successful bidder, who will be required to submit a Surety Bond equal to 100 per cent of the contract price within 10 days.

Plans and specifications on file for examination with the City Clerk and at the office of the Engineers, E. T. Archer & Company, 609 New England Building, Kansas City, Missouri. Bidders desiring sets for their individual use may secure same from Engineer upon payment of $5.00 covering cost of preparing same, which sum will not be refunded.

Council reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids without explanation.
W. G. Reynolds, Mayor.
Ray Strickler, City Clerk.
E. T. Archer & Company, Consulting Engineers, Kansas City, Missouri.

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