Barcelona’s New Water Supply.

Barcelona’s New Water Supply.

In a supplementary report from Consul General Henry H. Morgan to Spain, to that in the Daily Consular and Trade Reports for January 9, is the following concerning the new water system in Barcelona:

“The contract calls for a daily supply of 36,983,800 gallons of water, and the price to be paid therefor is $11,476,000, 60 per cent. of which is to be paid at the end of six months, when the contract is to be signed. This interval is allowed in order that Sr. Rivas may have sufficient time to produce documental evidence that the waters he proposes to bring to the city are from property over which he exercises proprietary rights. I he second payment of 20 per cent, is to be made when the work is commenced, and 20 per cent, is to remain permanently with the city authorities as a guaranty that the terms of the contract will be fulfilled. It is calculated that three years will pass before the first water is received. At the above price it will be observed that the initial cost of Barcelona’s new water supply will be a little more than $81 per 264.17 gallons. When the work is terminated the city will have a permanent supply of good water, which will then cost only the maintenance of the works. A map of the district from which the water is to be procured is forwarded, showing the valley of the rivers Besos and Mogent, located about 15 miles north of the city of Barcelona. The map and address of the contractor will be furnished to interested firms on application to the Bureau of Manufactures. Plans and specifications are also expected within a month, when they will also be available at this bureau.”

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