SAGINAW WATER REVENUE INCREASED.
The revenue Saginaw, Mich., derives from its water department has been largely increased since 1890. In that year the amount was $39,502.68. In 1904 it was $55,120.98; in 1905, $58,419.40 and in 1906, it had risen to $63,363.55. In the eighteen months ending December 31, 1906, 26,600 ft.—5.037 miles—of mains were laid, at a cost of $25,237.77. There were added thirty-one new hydrants and other equipment. A large amount of water pipe has been ordered in various streets for which funds are not now available. The pumpage of each year since 1890 is given. In that year the average daily was 3,352,329 gals.—or 296 gals, per pound of coal. In 1905 the. figures were 6,964,512 and 471 per pound of coal, and in 1906, 6,134,449 and 445 per pound of coal for the eastern district. The western district shows a less increase in pumpage and less decrease in coal consumption. It is shown that sixty-nine per cent, of the population are located on the line of water mains, while only twenty-eight per cent, are connected with the mains—leaving over 19,000 persons—4,000 families—so located and enjoying fire protection, hut contributing nothing to the cost of the service, except where it may be paid in general taxes. Thirty-five per cent, of the population of the eastern district and eighteen per cent, of the western are said to he bearing the burden for fire protection and other public water. From July 1, 1905 to December 31, 1906, the following items appear among others: The construction cost of two pumping stations; laying of 56,709 miles of main east and 35,090 west, shop, tools, etc., $602,994 east and $335,293.58 west. The equipment was in poor shape when the board took hold of the property more than eighteen months ago, and necessary repairs and improvements have been made. On December 31, 1906, the total revenue for the period mentioned had been $64,785.31. The daily per capita consumption of water by population is 191 gals.; for each consumer, 662; for each tap, 2,224. The service includes 86 factories, 835 stores and offices, 3.080 residences, 2,358 lawns. There arc 303 meters in use. The waste of water in the city is considerable, and there is need of a better and more economical system of domestic supply. A filtration plant is also desirable, in spite of the fact that a popular vote negatived the proposition. In Saginaw, as elsewhere, the water supplied free to all municipal and charitable institutions should be charged up, so as to make the water department not only selfsupporting. but, also, a revenue producer. The total value of water thus supplied every year is set down as $55,190.