Grand Rapids Water System.
From the annual report of the Board of Public Works of Grand Rapids, Mich., it is learned that the waterworks plant, which is owned by the city, was constructed in 1863, the source of supply being Grand river, by pumping. It is estimated that 80,000 of the 115,000 population are supplied with water, the average daily consumption being 14,779,976 gallons, or 129 gallons per day to each inhabitant. It is estimated that it costs the city $10.18 per million gallons, figured on a total maintenance. Thirty-six per cent. of the water used is metered, there being 7,034 meters in use. There are more than 183 miles of cast-iron mains and 2,089 stop gates in the service. The plant is equipped with pumping machinery made by the Holly Manufacturing Company, the Nordberg Manufacturing Company and Butterworth & Lowe. The total pumpage for the year was 5,393,961.169 gallons, the consumption of coal being about 7,660 tons, at a total cost of about $20,000. The total receipts for the year were $401,071.71, and disbursements $355,072.50.