ATLANTIC CITY’S WATER DEPARTMENT.
The water commissioners of Atlantic City, N. J., think that their department is now on a paying basis. It paid its expenses for the past year when the sum of $12,000 was received from the tax duplicate as a payment for the water used for public purposes. This offsets the loss in revenue for the coming year by the reduction of the meter rate from eighteen and fourteen cents per 1,000 gallons to twelve cents. As was shown in FIRE AND WATER of March 27 (p. 92), the introduction of the meter system has been thoroughly successful, and the great majority of the consumers are now saving money on the meter rate compared with the assessed rate formerly paid. The total receipts from water rates for the were $66.499.14. The total cost ot the works UP to date including $771,782 paid for the works in 1895 has been $879,968.85. During the year 7,047 feet of galvanized iron pipe from eight-inch to two-inch were laid —a total of forty-oneand one-half miles of main. Eleven fire hydrants were set on the extensions, and one old hydrant replaced by a new one,making now 335 hydrants in service on the Wood system and ninety on the Consumers’—425 in all. Of services 3,781 are in use—292 new services having been put in last year and 112 renewed. During the year 400 new meters were set and twenty-two old ones replaced by new ones—making 2.135 meters in service on August r. 1897. Of these meters eightyfour are Hersey; 522 Hersey disk; 260 Trident. 484 Thomson Bee, 323 Niagara—the remainder being in different makes.