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GRAVITY WATERWORKS SYSTEM AT BAKER CITY.

Issue 2 and Volume 32.

GRAVITY WATERWORKS SYSTEM AT BAKER CITY. Baker City, Ore., with a population of 8,000, has a gravity waterworks system which supplies, at a minumum, 200 miners’ inches and a maximum of 5,000 inches, that has cost $225,200, A miners’ inch is equal to 17,000 gallons every twenty four hours There is no floating debt, and the expense of maintaining this service at present is not more than an average of $500 a month. An official in waterworks department tells how this important nublic improve ment was so economically brought about: “In 1889 we issued $17,000 worth of bonds for a water supply system, and next year added $43,000 more. With this we opened five artesian wells and laid ten miles of four and six inch mains. In 1900 also the city purchased a water right ten miles from the town for $10,000. To improve the system we had another issue…

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