More Water Needed for Beverly.
Thanks to the exceptionally abundant rain at seasons of the year most advantageous to the people of Beverly, Mass., there was plenty of water to supply the wants of the city during the past year. The subject of an additional supply, however, must receive every consideration, owing to the rapid increase in the consumption of water, as well as to the fact that the present source of supply is no greater than in previous years when the quantity proved inadequate. The population to be supplied is estimated at 19,000. The present source of supply is Wenham lake and l.ongham reservoir; the system is pumping. The two pumps are of the Holly type, and the total pumpage for the year was 572,346,756 gal., without allowance for slip. The pumps work against an average static head of 5.9 ft., and against a dynamic head of 144.7 ftOf the water pumped, 110,203.000 gal. was passed through meters— making 19.2 per cent, of the consumption metered and less than 4 per cent, of the 3,985 services in use. The average daily consumption was 1,568,073 gal.82.5 gal. per day to each inhabitant and consumer and 3.93 gal. to each tap, the water being supplied at $31.39 per 1.000,000 gal. figured on total maintenance. For the 71.37 miles of main (20-in. to t-in.) laid cast iron, galvanised and cement-lined pipe is used. The extensions for the year numbered 1.572 miles. Of public and private hydrants set there are 377. of which 13 were added last year; 671 stop-gates are in use, of which 18 were added during the year. The range of pressure on the mains is 8 lb. to 72 lb. Three thousand, nine hundred and eightv-five services (}j-in. to 6-in. galvanised, cement-lined, lead-lined) are in use, 141 of which were added during the year. The average length of each service is 22.5 ft. There are 139 meters now in use, the percentage of receipts from metered water being 20 per cent. Of cement-lined main there is laid 32.402 miles; of cast iron, 31.831; of galvanised, 7,157. It is recommended that the 24-in. main be extended. The hoard of water commissioners further recommends that a plant should be installed for the manufacture of cement-lined nine. James W. Blackmer is superintendent of the waterworks.