SIOUX CITY ANNUAL WATER REPORT
The fifth annual report of Superintendent Phil Carlin of Sioux City, Ia., under the commission form of government, for the year ending March 31st, shows that the department laid more new mains during that period than in any other year since the water works system was established. During the year the following mains were laid: 536 feet of 4-inch, 34,592 feet of 6-in., 358 feet of 8-in. 4,974 feet of 12-inch and 2,500 feet of 24-inch. Also 56,264 feet of smaller sizes for temporary use. The smaller pipe was laid owing largely to the demands made by residents in the outlying districts. This work was done by the department, except the digging and filling, which was let by contract at so much per foot. In addition to the above, the department is now installing a 24-inch pipe line, 8,000 feet in length, to the reservoirs. This line will be used as a force main from the proposed pumping station located at 25th and Floyd River Road. The total amount collected from all sources during the year was $146,784.59, an increase of $12,142.29 over the year 1913. Total disbursements for the year were $157,462.87. The following mains are in use to date: 4-inch, 20,162 feet; 6-inch, 273,933 feet; 8-inch, 77,433 feet; 10-inch, 15,413 feet; 12inch, 55,506 feet; 16-inch, 16,711 feet; 24-inch, 12,758 feet. Total, 417,916 feet, or 89 miles and 1,996 feet. Also, 7,652 feet of 4-inch and 6-inch pipe laid to fire hydrants. The department has 268,791 feet of smaller sizes laid for temporary use. 7,145 feet of 2-inch pipe were taken out and replaced with 6-inch and 8-inch pipe. In the laying of the new mains during the year, eighty-two fire hydrants were installed and two old ones removed, making a net gain for the year of eighty. The department now has 635 fire hydrants on the whole system. The total number of valves set to hydrants is 74. There were 77 gate valves set on main lines and 74 on lines to hydrants making an increase during the year of 141 valves, and a total of 936 valves in the city to date. The close of the year showed 7,459 meters installed and in good working order. The number on hand March 31st, 1914, was 6,886, showing a net increase during the year of 573. A total of 660 new services were connected to the distributive system, 77 of these being taken to curb only. The total number of services in city to date is 7,460. Station No. 1, in operation 8,506 hours during the year, pumped after deducting 12 per cent, for slippage, 1,008,513,980 gallons. Station No. 2 was in operation 2,034 hours and the total number of gallons pumped after deducting 10 per cent, for slippage was 76,563,455 gallons. Leeds Station was operated 2,383 hours and pumped 7,440,000 gallons. The total number of gallons pumped during the year after allowing for slippage was 1,092,517,435 gallons, a daily average of 2,993,198 gallons. Based on a population of 55,000, the per capita consumption was about 54.4 gallons. One of the most important improvements made during the year was the construction of the second reservoir; this enabling the Department to keep one reservoir filled while the other is being cleaned or repaired. The fire hydrant service has been improved by placing valves on lines to hydrants thereby doing away with the necessity of shutting off districts in case of repairs to hydrants. Hydrants have been flushed regularly during the year by the Inspector. A new eight-inch test well was sunk on the ground purchased in Lowell. Addition, to a depth of 315 feet. A pump was placed on this well and pumped out about one million gallons, by Weir measurements, in 24 hours. The following is a complete statement of the receipts and disbursements for the year: Receipts— Metered water rentals collected, $142,739.04; collected for 660 taps, $2,208; collected for meter repairs, $592.52; collected for stops and boxes, $18.30; collected for barn account, $120; collected for pipe and specials sold, $929.80; collected for meters sold, $153.80; collected for material sold, Station No. 1, $14.41; collected for reservoir, $8.72; total, $146,784.59. Disbursements—Operating Expense: Street repair, $440.75; automobile expense, $829,47; reservoir, $75.33; material, Station No. 1, $1,534.76; material, Station No. 2, $233.07; material, Leeds Station, $307.19; material, Morningside Station, $799.76; fuel, Station No. 1, $9,711.13; fuel, Station No. 2, $1,890.23; office, $1,431.99; salaries, $21,258.40; printing, $204; barn expense, $474.35; telephones, $416.32; refunds, $126.36; reading meters, $1,864.01; shop expense, $145.79; fountains, $18.66; maintenance of wells, $194.98; insurance, $1,182.36; general expense account, $308.34; total, $43,447.31. Repair Expense—At Station No. 1, $1,813.14; Station No. 2, $896.50; Leeds Station $1.41; Morningsidc Station, $31; meter repairs, $390.49; total, $3,132.54. Total operating and repair expense, $46,579.85; additional ex pense being operating profit; meter repairs, $592.52; barn account, $120; total, $712.52, making total expense for year, $47,292.37. Expenditures for new construction and materials were: New mains, $52,334.78; hydrants, $2,826.62; valves, $5,672.64; wells, $0,393.21; meters, $5,986.89; tools, $325.87; stops and boxes, $1,594.82; Station No. I, $2,807.64; Morningsidc Station, $132.56; Gilman pipe line, $88.78; Standard Oil Co., $72.96; reservoirs, $25,743.80; furniture and fixtures, $108.60; Station No. 2, $128.38; fountains, $94.35; reservoir grounds, $4,107.30; Lowell Station, $1,276; reservoir recorder, $475.30; total, $110,170.50. The total disbursements from water fund, were $157,462.87.