Belmont Water Works System
The Belmont, Mass., water works were started in 1887 and the total cost of the works to date has been over $220,000. This, say the water commissioners, Charles T. McGinnis, Charles W. Sherman and Walter F. Grimes in the department report for 1916 does not represent the present value of the system, since no deduction has been made for depreciation. Making allowance by estimation and without computation, it is probably safe to call the present value not less than $170,000; while the net water debt is but $33,000. The water supply is from the Metropolitan system. Edward J. Looney has been superintendent of the Belmont water system since 1910. During 1916 the new mains laid were 6,266 feet and 127 new service connections were made. Nine new fire hydrants were set. The average monthly consumption of water in Belmont in 1916 was 417,800 gallons, being an average consumption per day per capita of 52 gallons. The department receipts were: Water rates from customers, $29,123.51; service pipes, repairs, etc., $1,822.67; balance from 1915, $11,391.41, making a total of $12,337.59. Expenditures included as follows: Maintenance, $19,199.31; construction, $32,582.01: balance to credit, $9,755.58. The estimated total population is 8,600 and the estimated population supplied is 8,500. The total water consumption for the year by Metropolitan water works meters, including 2,728,000 gallons used by high service, was 163,898,000 gallons of which 129,870,000 gallons passed through meters. The percentage of consumption accounted for is 79.3. The total supplied free for town departments, except water used for the fire department, highway department and sewer construction not metered, was 4,121,700 gallons. The water department used for shop and stables, flushing dead ends, etc., 1,352,250 gallons. 1,352,250 gallons were sold by meter from fire hydrants to farmers for watering crops. The mains are cast iron and galvanized iron and range in size from 12-inch to 2-inch. The total in use is 32.73 miles. The number of hydrants in use is 245. The range of pressure on the mains is 160 pounds to 30 pounds. The service pipes are wrought iron, cement lined and galvanized, cast iron. The sizes are 1 inch to 6 inches. The total in use is 15.90 miles. The total number of taps in service, including farm services used only during summer 1,574.