Annual Water Report of Wilmington.
In the annual report submitted by Chief Engineer Leisen, of Wilmington, Del., the total quantity of water pumped from Brandywine creek during the twelve months ending June 30, 1908, is given at 3,235,556,000 gallons, showing a slight decrease from the quantity pumped for the calendar year of 1906, this decrease being effected by the fact that the Pennsylvania railroad, which previously obtained its supply from the city, furnished its shops, yards and locomotives from its own private source. A sub-division of the quantity of water consumed for manufacturing and for domestic purposes shows 35.5 per cent, used by the former as compared with 6.45 per cent, by the latter. All water used by residences, hotels, stores, schools, and for fire protection is credited to the domestic service. The average per capita consumption, based on an estimated population of 90,000, was 1.8.5 gallons, divided as follows : Manufacturing industries. 53 gallons; domestic service, 63.5 gallons. The total number of meters in use on June 30, 1008 was 4,949 showing an increase of about 596 for the fiscal year. 3,900 of which are on private residences. The metered service represents 51.7 per cent, of revenue received for water rents; 51,1 per cent, of the quantity consumed, and 27.6 per cent, of the number of services in use. During the year 14,902 feet of new mains were laid, of which 7.3 feet were for the high service, and 6,939 feet new for low service. Of the above quantity 7,022 feet were to replace smaller mams. In addition to the ordinary extension of mains, there were laid during the past two years 9,422 feet of 42 and 43 in. and 10,918 feet of 48-in. mains. Including the larger mains as part of the permanent distribution system, makes a total of 125.7 miles of mains laid in the city, of which 51.1 per cent, are 8-in. in diameted or over. There were 11 new fire hydrants added during the year and 14 old ones were replaced, the total number of fire hydrants in service being 902. A total of 836 new services were laid and 103 old services were renewed. The completion of the filtration system is urged.