GRAND RAPIDS, MIGH., WATER REPORT.

GRAND RAPIDS, MIGH., WATER REPORT.

The reports of the city engineer, secretary of the board of public works, engineer at the pumping station,and water inspector of Grand Rapids,Mich., show among other things that there were built in the city during the past year 4,111 miles of sewers, the total length of sewers being 91,442 miles During the year 43 catch basins and 55 manholes were added, making 2,041 and 1,509 respectively of which the authorities have record. The cost of sewer work for the year was $12,110, making the whole sum expended on the sewerage of the city since 1878,$669,598.21. There were 3,688 feet of water mains laid last year, making a total length of 115.04 miles in the city with 1060 fire hydrants in use, of which 10 were set in 1894-95. The expenditure on water works, extensions, etc., since 1878 has amounted to $1,201,966.29, the total cost of maintenance and operation last year amounting to $43.968.20,the receipts being $78,450.65, the excess of $88,172.24 being on the credit Bide. The bonded indebtedness for the water works is $887,000, and the annuul interest on the bonds amounts to $41,685. The number of services now in use is 6,393, supplying 21,752 fixtures. The average daily con. sumption of water for the year just closed was 10,321,802 gallons, an increase of 16 8-10 per cent. To meet this continually increasing consumption of water,the board is now erecting a fifteen million triple expansion,high duty Nordberg pumping engine, which when installed, together with the Gaskill pumping engine now transferred to the hill service, will be uble to furnish a daily supply of 23,000,000 gallons—a quantity anticipating the city’s demand for a number of years to come, the Butterworth pumps (combined capacity 10,000,000 gallons) being kept in reserve. The total cost of coal to pump 1,000,000 gallons of water into the high and low system was $5, against a cost the previous year of $4.75,the increase being caused by the Gordon and Maxwell pipe running all summer and an increase in the cost of fuel. The total amount pumped into the standpipe during the year was 1,027,018,904 gallons—an increase of 15 6-10 per cent, in the high system. In all Grand Rapids there are but 435 meters in service.

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