BOSTON’S WATER SUPPLY
City Engineer Jackson’s report of the Boston engineering department for 1894 thus adverts to the water supply. An estimate for draining the Charles river watershed in West. Boxbury is placed at $624,712 The rainfall in 1894 was 39.74 inches on the Sudbury, 39.24 inches on the Mystic watersheds, and the reservoir accumulations had a daily average yield of 57,937,800 gallons of Sudbury, 11,674,000 Cochituate, and 18,429,500 gallons of Mystic. The daily average consumption for the year was: Sudbury and Cochituate, 46,500,000 gallaris; Mystic, 10,282,100 gallons; total 56,842,100 gallons, a decrease of 2.3 per cent, from that of the previous year. Under the head of “General Condition of the Works.” City Engineer Jackson state*: The completion of reservoir six ha* increased the daily capacity of the Sudbury and Cochituate supply about 4,000,000 gallons, and the safe capacity of the works in a year of extreme drought is now about 41,500.000 gallons. Although the completion of reservoir five will raise the safe total capacity of all the sources of supply to 01,500.000 gallons per day, It is evident that the daily consumption. which is now about 57,000,000 gallons, will soon be in excess of the yield of our sources of supply. At the East Boston station all of the pump arc in need of repairs, and a new pumps should lie purchased for the use of the Breed’s island service.
During a recent fire in the. factory of the California Powder Company, Hercules Point, Cal., the flames licked up the sulphur house and were rapidly spreading toward the storage house, which was filled with nitroglycerine and giant powder. The employees never flinched from their work, but kept hard at it, and by their heroic exertions saved the neighborhood from a disastrous explosion Two or three of these amateur firemen were badly burned. Had the content* of the storage house caught fire,the adjacent city of Oakland would have suffered a fearful loss.