Boston’s Water Service Is Good
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That Boston’s water plant is good for 20 more years was the report rendered to Mayor Fitzgerald by James A. McMurray, head of the income division of the water department. The report was the result of an investigation into the $50,000 increase in the city of Boston’s share of the water tax levied by the State, started by the mayor. It was discovered that Boston’s consumption of water per capita was 107 gallons this year, in comparison with a consumption up to June of last year of 123 gallons per capita. Milton consumed 45 gallons per capita, Malden 50 gallons and Somerville 77 gallons. Fiv& years ago Boston used 165 gallons. Of the State tax Boston pays 78 per cent. The increase in the State tax of this year was due, according to McMurray, to the freezing cold of last year and the increase in wages. If Boston had continued to use water at the rate at which they were using it five years ago, it would have been necessary for the city to have built a new plant, a duplication of the present one, which cost man) millions within three years.