01/31/15 655 W - + 11 - 7 Cities with High-Pressure Water Systems?

Therecent massive fire in Jersey had me thinking about high pressure water systems of yore. How many cities had or still have them? Either fixed or mobile? Here are collected responses from the question as posted to this firehouse.com forums thread:

Atlantic City
Created as cooperative effort between city and larger hotels. Each of the fire pumps of the larger hotels was connected to a system with common piping and street hydrants maintained by the city. As those huge "ordinary construction" hotels (masonry bearing wall with wood floor and roof support structures) were demolished, the system went with them. Far smaller fire pumpers were required for fire resistive construction, and they starved the system for pumping capacity. Thus it became impractical to maintain the system. Source: Tom Horne.


Berkely, CA
Recently purchased high-volume mobile pump system, with two 6000 GPM pumps using six miles of twelve-inch supply hose. Source: "Here and There."


http://tinyurl.com/n8t8cnf (Google Books excerpt)

High-pressure pumping station was built at the foot of Randolph in 1921. The high-pressure hydrants operated at approximately 150 pounds of pressure, while regular hydrants were 55 to 65 pounds of pressure. The system was removed from service in 1956.

"The building was erected in 1921 at a cost of $145,057, plus an additional $167,325 for constructing the wharf. The High Pressure System went in service in 1922 along with the related hydrant system being completed in the downtown high value area and along the waterfront. Shown are the 6 Dean Hill Multi-Stage Pumps used to supply the system. Each powered by 700 h.p. motors and could deliver 2,500 gallons per minute at 300 lbs pressure. Due to restrictions by the Health Department and Civic Center, freeway, and urban renewal construction, the High Pressure System was placed out of service in the month of March, 1956."

Four stations had the necessary equipment to use the HP system:
Engine 1, HP Co 1, Wayne at Larned
Engine 9, HP Co 2, Larned & Riopelle
Engine 8, HP Co 3, Sixth & Bagley
Engine 7, HP Co 4, Concord near E Jefferson


New Jersey
NEPTUNE system.

New York City
Coney Island and Others

Plus the FDNY Super Pumper System

Oakland, CA
City built a pumping station next to Lake Merritt to protect the downtown after the 1906 earthquake. The system was disrupted when BART (local rail transit) was constructed in the 1970s and it was never returned to service. Following the Oakland Hills fire of 1991, they bought some hose wagons similar to those used in San Francisco. Each carried a mile of LDH and portable hydrants. They still have four in service. Source: "Here and There."
http://www.thelakechalet.com/aboutus (core pumping station building now a restaurant)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/anomalous_a/5127425963/ (plaque image)

System out of service and no longer used. Many of the hydrants are still in place, and only removed as Water Department is working in the area. Or, in most cases, struck and knocked over by a vehicle. The High Pressure Pumping Station building has also be demolished, probably shortly after the below article was written. Trivia: There were intake manifolds on the bulkhead adjacent to the pumping station, so PDF marine companies could supplement the system if the pumping station failed. Source: "FWDbuff."

San Francisco

Toledo, OH
http://www.toledofiremuseum.com/alarmoffice/alarmoffice.htm (single line of reference)


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