Portland, Me., Water District
A folder has been issued by the Portland, Me., Water District which gives statistics of the service and the financial showing of the district. These folders are designed for the information of the water takers and will come to hand with the next quarterly bills. From this assembling of facts the following summary is taken: Population by census of 1910, 58,571. Estimated population supplied in Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth, South Windham, Scarboro, Gorham, Falmouth and Cumberland, 76,790. Date of construction, required by Portland Water District, 1908. By whon owned. Portland Water District. Source of Supply go Lake, seventeen miles from Portland City Hall
Drainage area including water surfaces, 436.0 sq. miles, area of water surfaces, 71.6 sq. miles, area of Sebago Lake, 45.6 miles, 38 other ponds and lakes, 24.4 sq. miles, undrained swamps, 4.0 sq. miles. Elevation of lake above mean tide is 272 feet. Mode of supply gravity.” The financial exhibit shows there is at present an equity in the utility of over a million dollars, this margin over the bonded indebtedness having steadily increased since the formation of the district. The sinking fund alone now amounts to $839,801.15.
Because the “cost plus” plan of completing the contracts for the big Providence, R. 1., reservoir in the town of Scituate is likely to be too expensive, Chairman B. Thomas Potter of the Providence Water Supply Board does not favor its adoption or any hurry about pushing the reservoir work, which has been almost at a standstill for the past year. It is estimated that, even at the lowest guess heretofore made ($12,000,000 as the total cost of the reservoir prior to the outbreak of the war), it would cost today upward of $16,000,000, and probably nearly $21,000,000, to complete the work. With about $76,000 spent last month, chiefly in salaries and cemetery building, the Water Supply Board has spent since the work was begun about $2,000,000, and Chief Engineer Frank E. Winsor believes that the project can be completed within four or five years if the city cares to start now and press it.