Leadership

The Municipal Water Plant at Rock Island

Issue 20 and Volume 51.

The Municipal Water Plant at Rock Island Rock Island, Ill., is in that class of cities which possesses a water plant which is a revenue producer. Recent inventory has placed its value at $1,250,000. It does a business of $65,000 annually, giving away more than $15,000 worth of water and still earns a net profit of about $25,000. The waterworks is operated under the control of the department of public property, of which Commissioner Jonas Hear is superintendent. The council constitutes a waterworks board which considers all matters of policy in the handling of the system. The finances are handled through the office of the city clerk, Commissioner M. T. Rudgren. Its improvements and extensions come largely under the direction of the board of local improvements, of which Mayor Schriver is chairman and Commissioner R. R. Reynolds and City Engineer Wallace Treichler are the members. It furnishes each year enormous…

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