BINGHAMTON EXTENDS ITS WATER SYSTEM.
Binghamton, N. Y., laid during 1900, 9,848 feet of pipe, which brings the total pica of the city up to seventy-three miles, 1,432 feet. Larger pipe has also been substituted for 6,116 feet of smaller, and 1,572 feet lowered, in consequence of the grade of the street being changed. Twenty-one additional hydrants have been set, making a total of 720 belonging to the city, and 249 new services have been run from the mains to the curbs. By building the new well the seepage of the ground north of the pumping station was shut off, and the question of adopting the best method for the improvement of the water supply is now under consideration. Financially the water board is well off, as the last of the seven per cent, bonds—$7,000—fall due in August, which, together with interest amounting to $12,845 will be paid from the earnings of the department, without asking the city for any appropriation for that, purpose. After that sum has been paid, the indebtedness of the board will be $153,000 in three and one-half per cent, bonds.
The receipts for the year were $101,484.18—an increase over the preceding year of $5,777.36; the disbursements were $62,069.49; the balance on hand, including that on hand on January 1, 1899, $73,653— on December 31, 1900, was $113,067.70. The pumping during the year was 2,203,495.275 gallons—an increase over last year of 73,342,626 gallons; a daily average of 6,036,973 gallons. The total average per capita consumption (estimating the population at 39,000) was 155 gallons. The pumping machinery is as follows : One LIolly-Gaskill, four-cylinder, compound condensing, 12,000,000-gallon ; one Holly-tlaskiU, new pattern, four-cylinder, compouud condensing 12,000,000 gallon; one Holly quadruple, four-cylinder, compound condensing 6,000,000-gallou. The system is direct pressure, source of water—Susquehanna river; number of days pumping, 365; total average number of gallons pumped per day, 6,036,973 ; average head pumped in feet, 178 ; dynamic head on pump by gauge (pounds) 4,787,800; pounds of coal burned per duy, 13,117 ; kind of coal— buckwheat: cost of coal per ton, $2.10; cost of fuel for the yeur, $5,037.40 ; cost of fuel to pump 1,900,000 gallons 178 feet high, $.15; cost of fuel to pump 1,000.000 gallons one foot high, .02 15; cost of pumping 1,000,000 gallons 178 feet high, $5.01; cost of pumping 1,000,000 gallons one foot high, 02.81; duty in bounds of water raised one foot high per 100 pounds of coal, 85,669,794. The board of water commissioners is as follows: Duncan R. Grant, (president); John Bay less, (treasurer); Jefferson Kingman; Stoddard Hammoud; Moses Stoppard. The acting superintendent is John Anderson, who is also secretary. Chief Engineer, W. H. Ingraham.