Manchester Waterworks.

Manchester Waterworks.

Supt. Charles K. Walker, of the Manchester, N. H., waterworks department, reports a total rainfall of 42.54 in. during 1907, with waterpower so short up to April 1, when the lake got full, as to necessitate using the steam pump all the winter, pumping twice a week or more into the old reservoir to keep the supply at the old service. During the year the distribution pipe was extended 7,637 ft. on twenty-six different streets—mostly 6-in. pipe. Twelve hydrants were set on these extensions. The service-pipes caused trouble, as many of them had given out and had to be relaid over. Except in a very few instances there was no trouble with fish getting in and stopping the flow of water. The service-pipes froze up quite a good deal, the frost going down 5 1/2 ft. in some places. The superintendent kept the steamer running and had help from the electric power company. A big eel got into the distribution-pipe and tried to enter the service-pipe, but was too large to get into it. It was about 18 in. long and weighed about 3 lb., and was taken out of a hydrant near the service-pipe. A German took it home, d/essed and ate it, and said it was a good one. The high-service pumpage for the year was 13,416,865 gal., lasted for nineteen hours in April and May. The total number of strokes was 343943—an average per minute of 42. The total consumption of coal was 18.2 tons, 441 gal. being pumped per pound of coal. The income from the sale of water, including $398.80 for fires, $250.20 for water for building purposes, $101,758.05 for water by meter and $19,727.23 water by rate, hydrant meters, $20,625, etc., amounted to $44,433.45. The number of meters set during the year was 153—making a total of 4,668 set in the city. Of service pipe laid last year (6-in. to i-in.) there were 2.854.9 ft., making a total of 30.34 miles of pipe varying from 6-in. to 1/2-in. ut distributionpipe (cementdined and cast-iron 20-in. to 4-in.) there are laid 111.9. of which 3.90 miles are cement-lined. Eight hundred and thirty-seven hydrants are set; 1,042 gates; twelve air-valves.

SUPT. CHAS. K. WALKER, MANCHESTER, N. H.

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