Brockton Annual Water Report
The Water Commissioners of the City of Brockton, Mass., have issued their report for the year ending November 30th, 1914, and in it say: “During the hot, dry season for several hours a day, and for a number of days the consumption of water exceeded the capacity of the present main from Silver Lake. This indicates the need of a second main, more storage, or use of the old supply at such times. Investigations are now being pursued by George E. Bolling, our bacteriologist, with the hope of being able to treat the water from the old supply, so that it may be made acceptable for all purposes. The old supply is of great value to the city of Brockton as few municipalities are fortunate enough to have so good an auxiliary supply, and it has been the unswerving policy of the commission to protect it against all possibility of pollution. It will not be necessary, unless in case of emergency, to turn to this supply, but as the appearance of the water has been the chief objection to its general use, every effort will be made to have this remedied. The commissioners are: Harry H. Williams, James J. Stack and Horace Kingman. Commissioner Kingman is superintendent. The original water works were constructed in 1880 and the new in 1902-4. The sources of supply are: original reservoir, Avon; new, Silver Lake. The mode of supply is pumping to reservoirs. The builders of the pumping machinery are the Barr Pump Company and the Holly Manufacturing Company. The total consumption for the year was 1,110,030,803 gallons (allowance of 3.3 per cent. for slip of pumps). The amount that passed through meters was 765,425,505 gallons, the percentage of consumption metered being 68.9 per cent. The average daily consumption is 3,041,180 gallons, being 39.5 gallons per day to each inhabitant, 40.1 gallons per day to each consumer, and 330 gallons per day to each tap. The total miles of mains in use is 123.284. There are now 1,137 fire hydrants. 25 having been added during the year. The number of service taps is 9,219, of which 283 were added during the year.