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Letter from Walter R. Bracken (Las Vegas) to F. H. Knickerbocker (Los Angeles), May 21, 1927

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Discussion of running a pipeline from the small spring to the reservoir supplying water to Las Vegas.

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Box 13 Folder W23-3-3 LVL&WC (Report of R. G. Greene, Geologist)(re: water situation in LV Valley)

hln000866. Union Pacific Railroad Collection, 1828-1995. MS-00397. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, May 21, 1927 Mr. F. H. Knickerbocker, General Manager, Union Pacific System, LA&SL RR Co., Los Angeles, Calif. Dear Sir: Yesterday I was up at Big Springs in company with Engineer McKee and George Hardman of the Nevada State Water Department, who were making measurements of the three springs and the well. I herewith attach a copy of Mr. McKee's report to Engineer J. P. Mack concerning the same, which shows quite a material decrease in the flow of our water, especially in that of the well. This decrease was very noticeable a few weeks ago when a well drilled on acreage northwest of our springs was brought in at a flow of approximately 110 miner's inches. Some time ago in conversation with Chief Engineer Howard Mann we talked of bringing the waters of what is known as the "Little Spring" over to the settling basin but as we at that time apparently had plenty of water for domestic use this was not done, but in the face of our increased population and owing to the fact that we are now using all the water during a portion of the day which goes into the settling basin, I believe we should immediately lay a pipe line from the Little Spring to the settling basin. This little spring, as shown by yesterday's measurements, carries 57.6 miner's inches of water and this undoubtedly will be sufficient for any domestic and railroad purposes during this summer. It is a known fact that unless we keep the head of the water up to or flowing out of the spillway of the settling basin it will not reach the top of the softening tank in the shop yards. The little spring is already boxed in with good cement walls and the expense of running a pipe line from there to the settling basin would not be very great and I would like to recommend if possible, that we do this work sometime during the month of June to enable us meet any emergency that might arise. Yours very truly, Vice President & Agent WRB/mcp c/c Mr. E. E. Calvin