Will Ask City To Take Over Water System

Development Likely
Survey Will Determine Cost of Work on Tumalo to Produce 5,000 h. p.
Local Organization of Company Remain Unchanged

The L. E. Myers Company recent purchaser of the stock of the Bend Water, Light & Power Co., has no desire to continue in the water business, and would greatly prefer to sell to water system to the city of Bend. This was the report today of T. H. Foley, vice president and general manager of the local company, following his return from Chicago where he conferred with Myers and other of the chief stockholders.

The water system, Foley said, would be offered to the city at inventory price. He expects to make a statement on this point before the Bend Commercial club at its meeting Tuesday.

Obtaining a water supply from Tumalo creek, in addition to construction costs, would mean payment of a $50,000 charge to the state, and a $20,000 charge to the Deschutes County Municipal Improvement district for water rights, Foley said. These water rights payments, he believes  could be avoided were the city the owner of the system.

More Power Wanted

Additional power development will be initiated with the change in ownership of Bend Water, Light & Power stock, Foley said. As the first step in this direction, V. H. Reinoking, engineer for the company, will arrive in Bend Tuesday to direct a survey on which will be based estimates of cost of developing 5,000 horsepower in the five mile of Tumalo creek between the Columbia Southern intake and the Anderson ditch.

This proposed development would add a power supply of double the amount possible with the company’s present plant.

Reelection of Foley by the new stockholders as vice president and general manager will mean that the local organization will remain unchanged.

Source: Bend Bulletin

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