Blaisdell Slow Sand Filter Washing Machine

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Blaisdell Slow Sand Filter Washing Machine
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Blaisdell Slow Sand Filter Washing Machine is located in Arizona
Blaisdell Slow Sand Filter Washing Machine
Blaisdell Slow Sand Filter Washing Machine is located in the US
Blaisdell Slow Sand Filter Washing Machine
Location N. Jones St., Yuma, Arizona
Coordinates 32°43′38″N 114°37′0″W / 32.72722°N 114.61667°W / 32.72722; -114.61667Coordinates: 32°43′38″N 114°37′0″W / 32.72722°N 114.61667°W / 32.72722; -114.61667
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1902 (1902)
NRHP Reference # 79000430[1]
Added to NRHP January 18, 1979

The Blaisdell Slow Sand Filter Washing Machine at Yuma, Arizona is a device invented by Hiram W. Blaisdell to wash sand filters used in the treatment of drinking water. The machine was built in 1902 at Blaisdell's privately operated waterworks, which treated the muddy water of the Colorado River for local consumption. Blaisdell patented the device and marketed it throughout the United States. The Yuma filter is now on City of Yuma property, and has been preserved as the first of its kind.[2]

Description[edit]

The Blaisdell machine traveled along steel tracks laid on top of the walls of rectangular filter basins, bridging the walls with its structure. The washing chamber was lowered from the moving bridge frame into the basin. The chamber measures about 5 feet (1.5 m)wide, 2 feet (0.61 m) deep and 6 feet (1.8 m) long, and contains a 4-foot (1.2 m) diameter circular washing unit. The washing unit stirred the surface of the sand bed, dislodging sediment and flushing it away through two suction pumps at the top of the box, avoiding contamination of the surrounding water. The mechanism was controlled by an operator in a corrugated metal enclosure.[2]

The Blaisdell machine was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 18, 1979.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Baker, T. Lindsay (June 25, 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Blaisdell Slow Sand Filter Washing Machine" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 

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