Pumpage at Belvidere
The average pumpage at the Belvidere, Ill., water works is 543,589 gallons a day—16,579,482 per month. The total amount pumped during the year 1912 was 198,943,782 gallons. During the year the greatest monthly amount was September’s, while that in August, when the pumpage is generally very heavy, was lower than that of any other month from April to October. May and June each showed a pumpage of 1,000,000 gallons more than that of August. Belvidere has 206 hydrants set for fire protection, and 47 tanks for flushing the sewers. Free water is also furnished at various places for city and public use. These, with the net earnings of the plant—$1,046.50, out of total earnings of $13,196.37. water rents being $10,849.12—make a total of $13,256.50, which is figured as the net value of the plant to the city, or about 9 per cent, of the plant’s entire value. The total cost of the plant to January 1, 1913, is set down at $141,120.20—$3,474.11 of which was added during 1914. The distribution system consists of 24½ miles of main; services, 1,720, of which 1,260 are metered.