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Water Supply at Fires.

Issue 20 and Volume 1892 12.

Water Supply at Fires. Thinking that the experience of Lynn during the fire of November 26, 1889, would be of interest to the association, I take this opportunity to present it. The population of Lynn as given by the census of 1890 was 55,727. Our average daily consumption of water for the year 1889 was 2,450,413, for the week previous to the fire was 2 339,263 gallons. The supply from which we drew was furnished from a reservoir containing at the time the fire broke out 20,510,872 gallons, a Leavitt engine of 5,000,000 daily capacity, which was in operation at that time, and the Marblehead Water Company, which is connected with our works. The reservoir is situated about two miles from the point where the fire started. The ordinary water pressure through the burnt district is from 60 to 70 pounds. The water was supplied from the reservoir and Leavitt…

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