SETTLING OF A WATER CONTRACT.
The common council, of Washington, N. J., has at last settled on its contract with the Washington Water company. Chief Grant Heed, of the fire department, having made a test of the mains on Lincoln avenue and State street, reported it to the council as very satisfactory. Engineer William Hill, also of the fire department, reported that he was well satisfied with the work of the steamer and water mains. At a previous meeting an amendment had been made to the resolution that the water company be paid $12 per year for each hydrant. The amendment was to pay $12 for hydrants on 6-in. or larger mains, and $8 on smaller mains. The amendment was defeated. Another amendment to pay the company $500 per year, instead of $12 per year, was then made. At present there are only forty hydrants, which would be at the rate of $480 per year. The councilman, who moved the amendment. fears the company’ will be able to have enough hydrants installed to bring the rate up to the old contract. $800 per year. This amendment was lost, the mayor deciding the tie. Then a resolution to make a contract for ten years at the rate of $12 per hvdrant, and free water for the public school, townhall and streetsprinkling was carried.
The Hersey Manufacturing company, of Boston, Mass., it is stated, has secured the contract to furnish meters to the District of Columbia ofr the ensuing fiscal year. An aooropriation of $100,000 was made by Congress for the purchase and installation of meters in residences and other buildings through the District.