New Brunswick Waterworks.
The waterworks system of New Brunswick, N. J., was built by the city in 1876, the source of supply being Lawrence brook, the drainagearea of which is 43 sq. miles. The system was then, as it is now, pumping to a reservoir of 15,000,000 gal., situated 130 ft. above the pumps and with 2 basins, each 300 ft. sq. by 15 deep. The pumping machinery installed consisted of a Carr waterpower pump and two Worthington pumps. The former was of 2,000,000-gal. capacity, and was driven by a 54-in. American turbine; the latter were respectively of 2,400,000 and 3,-500,000-gal. capacity. The dam on the stream was built of stone, 15 ft. high and 184 ft. long, forming an impounding basin, which also furnished power to drive the turbine pump. The dam was rebuilt in 1886. Today the source of supply consists of five brooks and ponds, which are regularly patroled during the year. In addition to the pumps already mentioned—one of the Worthing’s being now in reserve—a 6,000,000-gal. Barr pumping engine has been installed, which delivered into the reservoir during the year 1,050,-155,169 gal.—a daily average of 2,894,671 gal. The coal consumed in their operations amounted to 736 tons, averaging $4.75 per gross ton delivered at the station. Two additional boilers should be set, as those at present in use have been in service for nine years. The distribution system was extended last year 17,356 ft. 10 in.—making a total of 246,743 ft. 10 in. of 20-in. 4-in. pipe. Three thousand eight hundred and fifty-one ft. of 6-in. and 1,807 of 4-in. cement main were taken out and replaced by cast iron pipe; 21 hydrants were set— making a total of 300 in use; 72 new gates were set—total, 811; 205 meters—8-in. to 1/2-in.—were installed—a total of 743; 150 permits were issued —a total of 4,048. The cost of construction to April 30, 1873, was $302,790; from that date to December 31, 1908, was $446,949.52—total, $749,-739.52—allowing for depreciation $116.619.94—total cost to date, $633,119.58. During the year $73,395, on account of interest on bonds, etc., the city paid $14,710 for public use of watermaking a total revenue to the department of $88,-395. The total operating expenses were $12,587.83, of which $6,574.56 were for general expenses; $1,357, for repairs; $4,656.27, for pumping. For construction were expended $27,244.33, divided as follows: Water meters. $3,072.77: pumping, $4,656.27. J. H. Whitfield is treasurer and sueprintendent.