Saugus Must Pay Lynn for Water Used
The City Council of Lynn, Mass., has decreed that after June 1, Saugus, which depends upon Lynn for its water supply, must pay for all water entering the pipes in that town, and must assume complete responsibility for the maintenance of its water system. Heretofore Lynn has furnished the water, collected the bills and given one-half of the gross revenue to the town. A nominal sum has been received by the city for furnishing water for fire protection. The arrangement has not been satisfactory for a number of years. The officials of the water department have not been successful in enforcing compliance by residents of Saugus with the regulations that are mandatory in Lynn, and the Saugus business has not been considered profitable. Commissioner Newsom believes that it is time that the town looked after its own water system, and the Council has accepted his judgment that the best method tor the city to follow is to install a meter at East Saugus, where the Lynn pipes are joined with town mains, and charge the town according to the amount of water used. Under this arangement the work of the city water department will be materially lessened. The price to be charged will be figured upon the valuation of the city s water system, k ommissioncr Newsom has reported to the Council that he plans to recommend a price that will be fair to the city, as well as to the town, and he sees no reason why the town cannot make its water department self-sustaining.