Cost of Labor and Materials for Duluth Water Works
A chart has been prepared showing how labor and materials for the Duluth Water and Light Department have fluctuated in the past ten years and this chart is reproduced herewith, it and the data being furnished through the courtesy of George L. Gross, assistant manager of the department. According to the chart, cast iron pipe, which had been on a decrease for the last ten years went up last year, increasing more than seventy per cent, in less than a year. About two years ago lead began advancing. It dropped on one or two occasions tut has since increased
143 per cent, since 1915. Labor had remained steady up to about a year ago but advanced late in 1915, and has since increased over 30 per cent. Manager D. A. Read of the department said recently that in all probability proposed extensions of water and gas mains from West Dnluth to Gary, New Duluth, Morgan Park, and Smithville, a total distance of two miles, will be constructed this year although no definite plans had been made as yet. The approximate cost of this improvement is given as $45,000.