Lawrence Inadequately Protected

Issue 19 and Volume 53.

Lawrence Inadequately Protected The city hydrants set in Lawrence, Mass., have recently been overhauled with the result that only 20 out of the 170 set are in first class condition; five are declared to be utterly unfit for use, and five others are unfit to do properly the work required of them. The report, as handed in by Engineer Dunmire and Chief Reinisch, is to the effect that 105 hydrants do not drain and would freeze if not pumped out after use in cold weather; 52 leak at the stem: 70 leak at the caps and seven round the head, only 20 being in proper condition for immediate use. In North Lawrence none are in first class condition, 10 being absolutely or nearly unserviceable. The old White hydrants are all badly worn on the stem and the nuts on the caps. The universal connection, which has been used on practically…

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