New Westminster Water-Works.
The water-works system of New Westminster, B. C., is owned by that city; construction was begun several years ago and finished during the past summer; water is brought from Lake Coquitlan, in the mountains above the city, and is unsurpassed in quality in the world and icy cold at all seasons of the year, the banks of the lake being so precipitous that contamination of its waters is impossible. The system used is that of gravitation, so that while there is no expensive pumping a pressure of 165 to 175 pounds is constantly maintained in the mains in the business part of the city. The main conduit is seventeen miles in length, anil there is some twenty miles of distributing pipe laid through nearly every street. Rates charged for water are low and almost every householder uses it. As a correspondent puts it : “ People here are proud of the water-works, and they have every right to be. It is as perfect a system in every respect as it is possible to make. Eire insurance authorities are now re-rating the city by reason of its completion. The amount expended on them up to 4th November was $397.800, and the sum of $75,000 recently voted was required to pay further obligations incurred (n connection with them.