Cost of Improvements at Orange.
In the report of the water committee of Orange common council are stated the reasons why the extensions of the plant at Campbell’s pond cost $160,000 more than the estimate. It showed among other things that nearly $29,000 was due to the larger distributing reservoir; $63,000 more was expended on laying reinforcing mains; $30,000 more was spent than contemplated on buying land and building a larger pumping station, so as to provide for room for a municipal lighting plant; and duplicate engines were installed, instead of the single engine originally planned for, it being found that the old pump at Campbell’s pond was practically valueless. The original estimates provided for a distributing reservoir of 3,000,000-gal. capacity, whereas the one built is of 6,000,000-gal. capacity—deemed necessary, in order to provide for the present and future needs of the city. W hen the original estimate of cost was prepared, no allowance also was made for laying 24-in. and 12-in. mains in the city to reinforce the mains then supplying it with water, and the construction of which was deemed necessary to reinforce the then existing distribution system. The sum of $9,500, also, had to be paid for more rights of way than had been included in the estimate.