FORT WAYNE WATERWORKS SYSTEM.
A correspondent writes from Fort Wayne, Ind.: “Fort Wayne owns and operates its waterworks system. The plant was established in 1879-80, and cost $300,000, and to meet the cost the city sold $270,000 worth of bonds. There has been no other bond issue for the waterworks, and the plant has not only been selfsustained for many years, but seifextending as well. We now have about too miles of mains as against twenty-five miles in 1880; the pumping capacity is about 16,000,000 gals, per day, against 3,000,000 in 1880. The gross revenue per year is about $90,000. The city does not contribute anything for waterworks purposes. There are now about 200 fire hydrants installed, for which the city pays nothing. All public institutions are supplied free. We consider our waterworks plant worth $2,000,000. The public water service is worth from $40,000 to $50,000 per year, and we consider that we are saving the private water consumers at least $100,000 per year in rates, over what would be charged by a private company.