Akron Chamber of Commerce Makes Suggestions

Akron Chamber of Commerce Makes Suggestions

The expenditures of the water department of Akron, O., have this year exceeded the receipts, according to Superintendent H. H. Frost. The total receipts were $862,951.39 and the disbursements $910,260.54. This is only the second time that the department has failed to pay for itself and there is still an appreciable surplus in its treasury. The shortage is attributed by Mr. Frost to the excessive cost of labor and material with no increase in the rates paid by consumers. The requirements of the sinking fund are included in the disbursement column. The Chamber of Commerce of Akron has a programme of improvements that it believes should be put into execution during the next five years, which includes the following:

  1. Enlargement of supply, purification plant, and pumping equipment to furnish a daily average of 35 million gallons of water. The supply can be increased as desired by relatively inexpensive works to increase the depth of water in storage by three feet. Proposed extensions at the purification plant consist of an addition of filters of a daily capacity of 22 million gallons, and coagulation basis of 2.7 million gallon content.
  2. Condition of a second pipe line connecting the city with the works at Kent. The original main of 36-inch steel pipe along since was found to be insufficient, and work of paralleling this line with a 48-inch pipe was begun. About two and one-third miles have been laid with funds provided last year, and the new line is being cross-connected to the old one at intervals of about a mile to obtain partial relief.
  3. Construction of a 30-million gallon storage basin in the city to supplement the present 20-million gallon distributing reservoir in East Akron. A nine-acre tract of land adjacent to the present reservoir has been purchased bv the city, and this, together with idle land on the original site, can be used for additional basins.
  4. The laying of 120 miles of pipe in the city streets at the rate of 30 miles per year. At present, many sections within the city limits are not served with city water and the ondition will be aggravated when the city limits are extended.

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