Dover Waterworks Report.
Dover, N. H., according to the census of 1909, had a population of 13,207 and owns its waterworks, which were constructed in 1888-1889. A pond and springs are the source of supply, with pumping machinery built by the Blake Steam Pump Company, Platt Iron Works Company, and Lawrence Machine Company, and installed in high and low service pumping stations. The total pumpage for the year, without slip, was 272,805,000, of which 61,070,000 gallons were pumped by steam and 211,735,000 by electricity. Since February 12, 1909, a filtration plant has been in operation. The distribution system consists of 27.2976 miles of castiron pipe with 18 miles of service pipe, the number of services being 1,884, of which 27 were added during the past year. Two hundred anil sixty-four stop gates controlled the distribution and at the date of the report there were 189 hydrants in service, it has been the aim of the superintendent of waterworks, Henry E. Perry, to secure the installation of meters wherever possible and the success of his efforts is shown in the fact that there, are 1,004 meters in use, of which 104 were installed during the year covered by the report, The total receipts of the waterworks for the year, amounted to $43 732.92, of which $28,446.23 was received as water rates from consumers, $16.79725 being the receipts from meter rates. The total cost of operation was $38,309.29, leaving a balance of $5,423.72 to be carried to next account. When it is taken into consideration that the expenditures include $9,755.86 interest on bonds, $5,000 bonds paid off and $7,698.23 balance on cost of filterbed, it will be very evident that on the score of economy, there is very little fault to be found with the administration of the affairs of the waterworks of Dover, N. H., which is in the hands of a board of water commissioners, assisted by efficient clerk, treasurer and superintendent. The commissioners. in their report, particularly express their appreciation of the faithful manner in which the latter official has performed the duties of his position.