JACKSONVILLE, ILL, WATER DEPARTMENT.
Superintendent Bronson, of the water works of Jacksonville, Ill., reports the laying down of 12,000 feet of six-inch mains—in round numbers, twenty miles, 3,048 feet—in the city. Statistics of the wells, which are the source of the water supply, are as follows: The Decker well – flow, 425 gallons per minute (612,000 gallons daily), 1,905 feet six inches of five and five-eighth inch capacity, 132 feet, four inches of four and three-quarter-inch casing, 1,072 feet, five inches of four and one-half-inch sandstone; pressure, natural, fifty pounds. The American well—Total depth, 3.028 feet, ten and one-half inches; flow. 500 gallons per minute (720,000 gallons daily). The twelve-inch casing reaches from the surface down to 130 feet; the ten-inch, from the surface down to 428 feet on the inside of the twelve inch casing; the seven five-eighthinch, to 1,579 feet, inches; the six and one-quarter-inch, from i,SJ7 feet to 1,879 shutoff cave; thefive and onequarter-inch, from 1,851 feet to 2,011 feet to shut off another cave. The six and one-fourth-inch and the five and onefourth-inch are inserted to join casing put in to shut off caves at 1,805 feet and 1,940 feet. The top of the five and onehalf-inch casing enters up into the six and one fourth-inch casing twenty-eight feet. The seven and five-eighth casing is of two kinds. There are 1,002 feet, seven inches of inserted joint on the bottom and 576 feet,eleven inches of collar casing, which is on the top of the string of casing. It had a gradual increase of water from thirty six gallons a minute at 2,250 feet to 500 gallons a minute at 3,02s feet. In Jacksonville there are 134 schedule consumers in use and fifty-two not in use; 421 meters in use and thirty-three not in use; fire plugs, 147.
The total sum to be credited to the department for 1896 was $20,621.83, of which was collected or to be collected from consumers, $12,305.06 —the balance bring far water consumed for city purposes. The total debit showed $22,075.32, of which $12,144.29 was for extension of system; $9 636.43 for city water supply; and $294.60 for meters.