Condition of Batavia Plant

Condition of Batavia Plant

The following data relative to the water supply of Batavia, N. Y., is furnished by Mayor Burkhardt, of that city. He says there are at present 1,750 meters in use and 1,379 consumers on a flat rate basis, a total of 3,129 water connections. The estimated revenue from meters at the present time is about $10,000 a year and from flat rates about $8,000, making a total of $18,000 on the present basis of water fit only for use for flushing and pumping purposes. The estimated expense of operating a filtration plant is $10,000 a year. The interest charges on $135,000 would be about $5,300, making a total of $15,300 a year. Thus there will be a balance of approximately $2,700 a year’after all expenses and interest charges are paid, to be applied towards the retirement of the bonds, on the basis of the present income from water rents. It will not be difficult to see that with the new connections by reason of the extension of the water mains on the streets on which there are none at the present time, the increased use of water and new customers which will naturally follow the furnishing of pure, clean and wholesome water, the revenue will be increased so that the bonded indebtedness may be easily paid off in twenty years. This is and has been the history of every city where pure water has been furnished to the people. The deplorable condition of the present pumps and pumping station, the electric light plant and the sewer well, are not due to the neglect of any persons in particular, but simply to the natural wearing out process. The three propositions are interlocked and must be considered together, if the situation is to be dealt with in a business-like manner. The dangerous condition of the pumps necessitates the immediate purchase and installation of new ones and if placed at the present pumping station would necessitate the erection of a suitable addition to the present building.

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