Figuring the Cost of Water for Watervliet

Figuring the Cost of Water for Watervliet

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The statement made by Superintendent Diven of the Troy water department that Troy would furnish Watervliet with all the water the city needs for $20,000 a year is regarded with a great deal of satisfaction, says the Times of Troy, N. Y. For a long time there has been speculation as to whether Troy cared to enter into an arrangement with Watervliet, and the price per year has also been disturbing, but both these elements of uncertainty are cleared away by Superintendent Diven’s words. Some business people say the price is high, but all admit that with $20,000 a year as a fixed charge it is possible to estimate the exact sum it will cost Watervliet to maintain a system with Troy furnishing the water. No other water supply ever considered by Watervliet will admit any way to obtain a reasonable estimate of the exact cost of maintenance. A short time ago Superintendent Diven in a published statement said it will be necessary * for Troy to construct a new pipe line to connect the Tomhannock reservoir with the citv of Troy. This new line will end at Adams street and the Hudson river, and when completed will bring the water to a point where Watervliet can take it. Watervliet will be under the expense of constructing conduits across the river. The purchase of water from Troy would entail the necessity of buying the present street mains of the Watervliet Hydraulic Company or laying new mains. Should the city inaugurate a municipal water system the hydraulic company would have no further use for its street mains, and business men believe the present mains would answer every purnose until gradually replaced by new pipes to lie laid by the citv. Should the hydraulic company decline to sell the street mains, attorneys say condemnation proceedings would have to be resorted to. The entire expense of a conduit across the river, street mains throughout Watervliet and a standpipe on the hill is estimated at less than $100 000. Three men could conduct the proposed municinal system if the supply were obtained from Troy. The salary of one superintendent and one or two assistants, with the interest on the cost of the street mains and standpipe, added to the $20,000 paid to Trov. would renresent a total annual expenditure of less than $35,000. This is much less than the amount believed to be paid annually to the hydraulic company. The citv of Watervliet itself eavs $7,900 a year for the puhlic water service. The advantage of the Watervhet system sunplied to Troy is that it could be placed in operation within a year.

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