BRIDGETON. N. J. , WATER DEPARTMENT
The number of feet of new mains laid at Bridgeton during 1895 was 3,097, making the total mileage of pipe 23 3-8. A new spring water collecting gallery has been constru ted, so as to obviate the use of water from East Lake, whose supply has been condemned. The open spring water basin has been deep cned several feet by the use of sheet piling, making a collecting gallery 500 feet long: 20 bet wide, and 12 feet deep, with a 2-inch plank covering over the whole length, and with _____ inches of clean sand over the plank. Several large ventilators serve to relieve all foul gases that may accumulate, also to admit fresh air. A largely increased amount of water has thus been secured, as there are now 8oO,ooo gallons of spring water at 7 a.nr.where before there were only 300,000, and the sleadt flow of the springs when the gallery is empty is i,6oo,oco gallons in twenty-four hours—sufficient to ward off the use of pond water for several years to come. The receipts of the department for 1895 were $20,684.36, of which $20,269 to were for water rents The 174 fire hydrants are supplied from the city reservoir, with over 23 miles of pipe, through a 60-inch main, reducing to 8,6, and 4 inches in the outskirts of the city.
Fred S.Bieber, foreman of hose No. 1, Poughkeepsie. N.Y . who was thrown from the driver’s seat of his wagon while ;.n swering an alarm on February 19 last and had one of his legs broken, is so far recovered as to be able to be around on crutches.