NORWICH WATER WORKS.
Superintendent Bartlett has just published the twenty fourth annual report of the water works of Norwich, Conn., from which it appears that,up to March 1, 1897, the receipts for the year amounted to $51 764.62, and the disbursements, including interest on bone’s ($16,500),$34 407.03-leaving a net profit for the year of $17,357 59 The increase of the yearly earnings is very marked, considering that no charge is made for 316 hydrants or to the street department for flushing ewers, making macadam, etc. The condition of the works has been greatly improved year by year, and last year was no exception to the rule. There are nowin the city,exclusive of Greeneville. about 10,000 feet of cement-lined pipe of various sizes, which, it is expected, will be replaced this year with cast iron—thereby giving a complete system of cast iror pipes throughout the city—not including the Greeneville section. Owing to the copious rainfall, which placed the city beyond all danger of a water fanvne, the project of obtaining an increased supply from the Meadow brook has been temporarily abandoned; but Supt. Bartlett thinks it should not be neglected, as any succeeding dry season may cause great trouble, especially as the consumption of water is on the increase. He, therefore, recommends that steps be taken towards getting the Meadow brook basin in condition to impound water; that the peat beds be thoroughly investigated, so as to find out if the peat can be removed for a reasonable amount of money; if not, to determine what snail, or ought to be done with regard to building a dam or looking elsewhere for additional supply. Supt. Bartlett is strongly in favor of the introduction of the meter system— especially in the case of the larger consumers—as the “only equitable way to sell water.” As to the rainfall, on which so much depends—with the exception of 1894 it was the smallest in the hisioty of the waterworks—32 53.100 inches.as against nearly foriy tight inches a year for twenty-five years. There are now in use in the city fifty-six public meters, thirty-three private meters, and four indicators. Of these thirty-three are of the Union-rotary make,eight Mersey four, Ball & Fitts—the r st bring distributed ameng the Thomson B., Trident, and other standard makes. Of these five were set during the pist year Of new mains there were laid 2,659 feet and seventytwo new services (1,6651-2 feet); three new gates six and fouri .ch, and three hydrants set. The total amount of cement, cast and wrought iron pipes in Norwich is 219,284 feet,or over forty-one miles as follows: Cast iron pipe three to twentyfour-inch, 171,952 feet; cement pipe, 37.215 feet; and wrought iron pipe, 10,117 feet. Of hydrants there are 362 in all—316 public and forty-six private.
To guard against further damage from electrolysis the municipal authories of Chicago, will probably order the various street car companies to equip their trolley lines with copper wire circuits, to prevent the return current from reaching the water pipes beneath the ground.
Tere has recently been filled in the office of the county clerk of Westchester, N.Y., a mortgage for $r ,600,000 by the New York and Westchester Water Company to the Corporation Trust Company, of New Jersey, as trustees, for $1 600.000 of bonds to be issued by the water company for extension of its plant and mains under recently acquired franchises. The mortgage covers all the company’s real and personal property.