This will eliminate the incinerators that are in use at all the mess halls at present for the burning of garbage and refuse and will do away with the smoke nuisance, as well as saving greatly on the fuel bills. Grease traps will be provided at each regimental unit to save and reclaim the grease that would otherwise be wasted and that might clog the pipes.
Pipes varying in size from 6 inches to 24 inches will be used to carry off the sewerage, and the line will run east from Camp Cody to First Street and from there to the Mimbres river where a two and one-half million gallon septic tank will be built, through which the sewage will pass before it is turned out into the river bed. Most of the pipe will be vitrified tile, although some of it will be of iron.
About two hundred lavatories will be built in the camp and will be connected with the new sewer system, and all the fixtures will be of the most modern character. When it is finished, Major Simonds states that the system will be capable of accommodating an entire division of troops on what is know as the Pershing scale, which amounts to 30,000 troops.
The Deming Headlight reported that Major Fred .P. Simonds and his staff have a half million dollars to work with. This will stop the discharge of sewage into the Mimbres River.
Major Frederick P. Simonds is the construction quartermaster at Camp Cody in Deming, New Mexico. Last Friday he received instructions from Washington to prepare for the installation of a complete sewer system which will run about $500,000. This will be the largest construction job ever carried out at Camp Cody.
Fred L. Hill drew up the plans for the sewage system. Mr. Hill is the supervising engineer of construction in the quartermaster’s office at Camp Cody. The main sewer lines will follow the line of latrines and bath houses as far as possible with secondary lines running parallel t the camps streets and in front of the mess halls. – – – To be continued….
It was reported in the Deming Headlight Newspaper on June 14, 1918 that the U.S. Army is looking for two thousand captains and engineers and first lieutenants from civil life for the engineer corps. The army examining board will sit at Deming, New Mexico and applicants will be notified of the proper dates. Those desiring to be a captain must be between the ages of 36 and 42. Applicants for lieutenant must be between 32 and 36 years old. Camp Cody is just to the northwest of Deming, New Mexico.