CHECKED WATER WASTE.
A report on the operations of the Trenton, N. J., water department, made by Superintendent Alvin Bugbee to Director Fell, and submitted by him to the city commissioners, shows improvement in more than one respect. One thing, showing the efficiency of the department, has been the stopping of leaks and a reduction in the daily consumption from an average of 22,000,000 gallons in 1913 to 15,000,000 gallons in 1915, and, speaking of this, Superintendent Bugbee comments that if the waste had not been stopped a new reservoir and new pumps would have been required, which would have meant an expenditure of $1,000,000. As it is, it will, it is stated, be some years before another reservoir will be needed. In addition to the check placed upon wastage, the quality of the water has been improved by filtration. Bonds were issued for the filtration plant, and there was no increase in the rates. A number of water works improvements have been made from the earnings of the plant, and the showing reflects credit upon Superintendent Bugbee and others in the management of the plant.