Important Fires for the Week Ending February 8.
Chicopee, Mass. The first annual report of the superintendent and collector of the water department is made out to December I, 2893. The different systems of water supply are spoken of, beginning with the first purchase of land and springs October 8, 1836, by the city. The Chicopee water company was founded April 3, 1877, with a capital of $50,000, who built the Abbe reservoir, and in 1886 put up a pumping station to supply water for fire and domestic use. In 1848, the Chicopee central fire district was organized, and the Falls fire district, which supplied water for fire, but not for domestic purposes, On May 13, 1881, the latter was authorized to furnish water for domestic use, and on June 6, 1881, the town voted to receive water from the Chicopee manufacturing company for fire purposes for $365 annually. The Willimansett water company was incorporated May 3r, 1892, and September 16, 1892, the company was bought by the city, which supplies Willimansett and Chicopee street for fire and domestic purposes. Those systems were insufficient, audit was voted September 14, 1892, to buy up the Chicopee water company and. to use the waters of Cooley and other brooks. Estimates furnished for the new system of Engineer. Davis, of Northampton^ made the cost about $117,000, and the Chicopee water/company sold their interest for $110,000. The Willimanset company sold their interest to the city for $14,587. The new system was then put in, as already described in The Republican. The amount of debt outstanding consists of 270 bonds of $1,000 each, receiving interest at four per cent., and $9,000 of this debt will be payable December 1, 1894. The superintendent, C. A. Bullens, has nearly finished his report. He took charge of the department March 6, 1893. lie gives a minute account of the three systems under his care. The construction has been in pipe laying, putting in new gates and new sewers. A modern expense of maintenance has been incurred, and a $500 dam was put in at the Abbe reservoir. The capacity of the different reservoirs viz: Cooley, 4,000,000 gallons; Abbe 300,000; Willimansett 80,000. The different services, stop-gates, hydrants are all described, the length of pipe laid in the different streets, and the street elevations carefully computed. 1’he whole report is carefully made up, and with the water commissioners report will be published in pamphlet form.
D. A. Woodhouse has just sold a double tank Halloway Chemical Engine to New Haven, Conn.