LESS COST IN PUMPING AT WEBSTER.

LESS COST IN PUMPING AT WEBSTER.

By laying a 10-in. force-main at Webster, Mass., from the pumping station through I humpson road and Pond street and connecting with the 10-in. main on Fast Main street, the water commissioners have not only added to the efficiency of the system, but, also, taken away about half of the forced labor from the pump. The water is pumped from a spring and well about one mile from the business centre to an iron standpipe, 30×100, with a capacity of 535,562 gals. By the laying of the new main the increased demand for water has been met, without increasing the consumption of coal. A new pump will soon be needed, the present one having been in use for thirteen vears. During the past year Superintendent Michael Schofield laid 7,112 ft. of 6-in. and 10-in. pipe, there being now laid a total of 15 miles 3,739 ft. of street main and 3,074 of private pipe. Thirty-three new taps were added to those already in use—making 946 in all. Ninety meters are also in use. The total pumpage for the past .year was 120,541,868 gals., to pump which consumed 486,684 lbs. of coal-—an average of 1,333, 139-365 daily, the average daily consumption being 330,251, 253-365 gals. The domestic pressure is 60-lbs.; the fire, no lbs. The total receipts for the year amounted to $21,900.94, of which $8,891.09 was for water at schedule rates (including fire hydrants and watering troughs); for metered water, $11,984.32; for miscellaneous water, $13.99. The total expenditure amounted to $5.097.70—showing that, while the citizens of Webster are afforded plenty of good and wholesome water, the affairs of the water department are at the same time managed with most commendable economy.

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