Issue 14 and Volume 21.

WATER DEPARTMENT OF TROY, N. Y. The forty-second annual report of the board of water commissioners of Troy, N. Y., for the year ending February 28 last, has been submitted to the board by Clerk George B. Fales, and will be sent to the common council when printed. The report states that there have been no changes in the of ficers of the department for the year. The rainfall for 1896 was 27.88 inches. The increased demand for water has taxed the facilities of the department to the utmost. The pumping service is quite apt to become disabled in case of any serious break in the machinery. A radical change is absolutely necessary for an abundance of pure water, and delay can no longer be allowed. ‘The authorization alone of the common council is required to enable the work to be done by which an abundant supply can be had.…

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