Perth Amboy Waterworks.
The annual report of the superintendent of the Perth Amboy, N. J., waterworks, says; Engine No. 1, Snow duplex compound 4,000,000 gallon pump has been in service 369 hours during 1910 and is in good condition Engine No. 2, Worthington duplex triple expansion 8,000,000 gallon pump has been in service 8,625 hours during the year, but 135 hours less than a continual run from January to January. This engine is in serviceable condition, but needs general repairs and overhauling. Engine No. 3, Wisconsin cross compound crank and fly wheel, 12,000,000 gallon pump has been in operation since March, 1911. Twenty-one 6-inch ground storage wells were added to the 36 in service. Well No. 1 has been abandoned and cut out, leaving 56 now in use. These wells are producing 8,500,000 gallons of water per day. The 14 artesian wells continue a normal flow of about 3,000,000 gallons per day. The pumping record for 1910 shows a total pumpage of 1,864,709,045 gallons at Runyon, a daily average of 5,108,792 gallons, and a daily average per capita consumption of 127.72 gallons all uses and wastes included, based on an average population of 10,000 including South Amboy and Keasbey. The total delivered pumpage is 171,593,740 gallons greater than that of 1909, an increase of 9 1-3 per cent.
Of this whole total, 1,003,857,2,52 gallons werdelivered to this city, 200,452.220 gallons to South Amboy and line thereto, and 399,507 gallons to Keasbey, Woodbridge township. Of the total pumped to this city, viz.: 1,663,857,252 gallons 546,984,670 gallons was furnished manufacturing and other large consumers, and 177,936,286 gallons to domestic and other users, by meter measurement. Deducting the amount furnished by meter measurement to industrial consumers in this city, gives the approximate amount used for domestic purposes, public buildings, fire protection, street sprinkling and other city uses of 1,110,872,582 gallons, a daily average of 3,059,925 gallons and a daily average per capita for the several uses mentioned of 94.15 gallons on a basis of 32,500 population. Of the whole amount of water delivered in Perth Amboy, a total of 43.0 per cent, is metered, or about 32.8 per cent, to manufacturing, industrial, and other large consumers, and 10.8 per cent, to domestic users. Of the total quantity of water pumped to this city, I would estimate that 13,000,000 gallons were used in schools, fire houses and other public buildings and purposes, 21,000,000 gallons for street sprinkling and flushing of sewers, making a total of 34,000,000 gallons furnished the city for which the department receives no money. Figuring this quantity of water at 7 cents per 1,000 gallons, gives $2,380,000 as the amount presented by this depaitment to the city for free water. Adding $5,780 for hydrant rental, another item not paid by the city, makes a total of $8,100 contributed by this department to other departments of the city. Restrictive measures are being applied in the endeavor to lessen the waste of water. Regular house to house inspection has been carried on and many leaks found and reported, the proper notices being served and repairs made. The common occurrence of leaks and waste in house fixtures make it apparent that a serious waste of water is due to this cause, and I would again recommend the further installation of meters as the solution of this question. There are 289 hvdrants and 1,083 meters in service.