Needs of Woburn Water Service
CURRENT DEPARTMENT NEWS
Robert T. Spencer, superintendent of the Woburn, Mass., water department, in his annual report for the fiscal year of 1912 recommends that the ground wires of the telephone and electric light companies by removed front the water service pipes because of the weakening of pipes resulting front charging the wires of these companies, and it is advised that in relaying mains that the pipe be laid as great a distance as possible from the street railway tracks. During the year 67 breaks in the main pipe were caused by lightning where the ground wires of the telephone company are connected with the water pipes. The total number of meters in use is stated to be 119, 12 new meters being placed during the year. Ten hydrants were added during the year and 35 were replaced with those of modern design. The tables of statistics show that the population of Woburn is estimated at 15,308, 15,200 of whom are supplied. The total amount of water consumed during the year was 737,137,722 gallons, of this amount 102,977,850 passed through meters. The average daily consumption was 2,014,075 gallons, or 133.40 gallons for each inhabitant. The plant consumed 907 tons of coal during the year.