Springfield Annual Water Report
The annual report of the water department of Springfield, Mass., for the year ending November 30, was presented to council at a meeting a few days ago by the Board of Water Commissioners, and shows that the total receipts for the year were $443,716.16, an increase of $35,819.28 over the previous year. Springfield used on the average 10.694,000 gallons of water daily, or 106 gallons per capita, during 1914, according to the report of Chief Engineer E. E. Lochridge to the water commissioners. The engineer stated that in spite of the decline in amount of rainfall front an annual average of 39.44 inches to 25.85 inches for the first 11 months of this year, the Little River system with its reserve of 2,500,000,000 gallons has stood the test well. The storage supply had to be drawn upon to the amount of 1,320,000,000 gallons, with more than enough left at the end of the season to make certain against continued drouth. He reported that the West Parish filters, which insure the quality of the Little River water, have been in continuous and successful operation throughout the year, the sedimentation basin was cleaned for the first time in five years and the tunnel flushed. He reviewed the fact that an extensive study of water rates there and elsewhere has been completed, and data compiled to aid the commissioners in establishing new and more equitable rates for this city soon. He reported that the government investigation of electrolysis within the city has been finished and a preliminary report filed. The final report has not yet been received. The report of Superintendent A. E. Martin states that over 40,000 feet of mains have been laid during the year at a cost of $70,156.56 and 25,000 feet of mains have replaced old at a cost of $67,223.48. A total of 136 new hydrants have been set. For service pipes 807 new taps have been made, including 268 renewals, making a total of 539 taps added: 105 were cut off, leaving a net total increase of 434. This makes now connected to the system 14,129. The bursting of a hydrant on March 1, which caused a flood that wrecked a house, did over $5,000 of damage. The total bonded indebtedness of the department is $2,275,000, of which $275,000 remains of the Ludlow supply sinking fund issue. A sum is deposited annually in the sinking fund to retire this latter amount and the sinking fund now amounts to $107,330.62, which leaves the net indebtedness of the department $2,167,669.38. On July 23, the department moved to its new quarters in the administration building. This marked the completion of substantially 40 years of occupancy of the Bridge street and Wright avenue property. Of the $125,000 received by the department for this property, $106,000 has been expended for extensions and system developments and the balance, $18,950, has been held in reserve. Bonds to the amount of $110,000 authorized by the Massachusetts Legislature have not been issued. The annexation of the Franconia section of Longmeadow to Springfield will undoubtedly present a problem of water extension to this new portion of the city during the ensuing year. The development of districts of the city not heretofore supplied with water, by the ordinary extension of mains, cost $29,593.40. The largest total amount ever expended on account of bonds in any one year in the history of the department. $192,723.37, was paid out for interest, serial bonds and sinking fund requirements.