Annual Water Report of Sioux City
In the 10th annual report the superintendent, Phil Carlin, makes an interesting table of comparison of operations for the year 1919 with 1918 and shows that the receipts for the latter were $227,804.63 against receipts of $250,512.96 for 1919, a difference of $22,708.33. In the operating expenses there was a difference of $30,543, the year 1919 costing that much more than the preceding year. The total expenditures for new construction in 1918 was $148,810.78, and in 1919 amounted to $173,553.82. The importa n t improvements made last year were a new concrete reservoir at North Riverside, a new pump house and machinery, costing $19,885.38; new mains costing $70,552.73; new wells at cost of $18,377.88; air lift system at Main Street station, $10,605.86. Of the new pipe laid during the year 230 feet were of the four-inch size; 34,483 feet, six-inch and 12,911 feet of eight-inch pipe, making a total of 47,624 feet. In addition to these installations there were 30,843 feet of two-inch galvanized pipe put in to accommodate residents in the outlying districts. There are now over 116 miles of pipe in service. Eighty-one hydrants were added during the year making the total number now in use in the city 941. On the main lines 54 stop valves were placed, bringing the present total up to 1,371. There are 10,520 taps in service with 10,405 meters.
Superintendent Carlin has been with the department for 29 years and became its head in January, 1908. In 1910, the board of trustees was dissolved and the management placed in the hands of the city council, when important improvements and extensions were planned and executed under Mr. Carlin’s direction. The plant is now estimated to be worth $1,750,000. He has just been reappointed to the superintendency by unanimous vote of the council.