KEENE, N. H., WATER WORKS.
KEENE, N. H., with a population of about 7,500, derives its water supply from lakes in the neighborhood. The system is gravity and the capacity of the reservoir, 1,300,000 gallons. Distribution is accomplished by means of 32 i-8 miles of pipe, 4 to 24 inches in diameter, R. S. Wood and Donaldson, makers. There are nearly 200 hydrants, Wood, Humphrey, and Ludlow make; 40 meters, of which 31 are Thomson, 6 Mersey, 2, Crown; 1, Gem. The valves number 325; taps, 1,419; pressure, 60 pounds— F.dson pressure-recording gauge. The water works, which are owned by the city, cost to date nearly $222,000, and are run at an annual cost of something like $2,500, the annual gross e irnings approximating (sale of ice and stock included) $22,coo a year. The water commissioners are as follows: N. G. Gufnsey (chairman); G. W. Fisher (clerk); C. M. Norwood. The superintendent is Paul F. Babbidge; assistant, John A. Denison.
The reservoir, an illustration of which accompanies this article, is built on an eminence at a considerable height above the city. It is very simple in construction, being octagonal in shape, built of stone, 20 feet deep, and, as the cut shows, has a tower or standpipe at one side, in which are contained ail the gates, etc,, necessary to the control of the water.