Gardner Water Report
Water Commissioners Charles O. Bent, George N. Dyer and B. J. Brown, of Gardner, Mass., state in their report for the year 1915, that for some time they had felt that the reservoir needed to be reconstructed, for economy as well as for sanitary reasons, and early in the year decided to do this work. The old reservoir was built about thirty-three years ago, and it was impossible to properly drain and clean it, and from the nature of its construction many thousand gallons of water lost daily in seepage. The board employed Lewis D. Thorpe as consulting engineer, who drew the plans and specifications for the work which was awarded to the M. W. Allen Construction Company of Walpole, Mass. The reservoir was drained and they commenced pumping directly into the mains day and night until the first section of the reservoir was completed. The contractors started work the latter part of May with a force of men, cleaning the deposit of mud from the bottom and thoroughly cleaning the-rip rap on the banks. A division wall was built, so that in the future one-half may be used while the other half is being emptied and cleaned. The bottom and sides were lined with hydraulic cement concrete to a depth of at least six inches, reinforced at the top of the bank with iron rods. The report by Superintendent Edwin L. Stone shows that the total consumption of water for the year was 295,070,951 gallons, of which 57,314,323 passed through meters, the percentage of consumption metered being 19.4 per cent. The average daily consumption was 808,413 gallons per day, being 48 gallons per day to each inhabitant, and 50 gallons per day to each consumer. Eight hydrants were added, making 272 in use. The range of pressure on mains is 45 to 140 pounds. The percentage of services metered is 33.4 per cent. There are 707 meters in use of which 563 were added last year. The water works were built in 1182 by the Gardner Water Company. The supply source is a lake, and the mode is pumping into reservoir and distributed by gravity. The receipts were $66,734.10, and with cash on hand January 1, 1915, made total receipts of $80,165.59. Total expenditures came to $75,365.47, and there was $4,800.12 cash on hand on December 31, 1915.
The York County (Me.) Water Company has begun the installation of meters throughout the system. Kennebunk and other towns will be benefited. The company thinks it will take all of this year to meter the services of the yearly consumers, about 1,000, and the summer season consumers will be furnished with the meters next year. The filter plant will be in operation May 1 and the meter rates will go into effect July 1.