West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 5 Photos, 33–62

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Draining the Central Area

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Photo 5.54

A close-up view of the centrifugal double-suction impeller of a pump at the Racine Avenue Pumping Station. Water is drawn up from the wet well in the suction bell piping on each side of the pump, entering the impeller through the annular opening surrounding the horizontal shaft. Rotation of the impeller thrusts the water outward, forcing up it up and out the discharge piping. Behind the impeller is one of the electrical motors that powers the pumps. (MWRD unnumbered photo)