Springfield Water Contracts.
Before the spring is over the water department of Springfield, Mass., will most probably have awarded four contracts, which will involve the expenditure of over a million of dollars, leaving two more of equally great importance to be awarded in 1909—namely, those for the construction of the new Little river water system. It was only recently that the department expected to award the pipe-line contract; but now it anticipates being able to save’many thousands of dollars by buying the pipe this spring and by having it laid by the contractor and not by the city. This will throw the responsibility on the contractors, to say nothing of the fact that all the big manufacturers of pipe are fully equiped for such a task. Such a course will avoid awarding another separate contract of considerable proportions. Inasmuch as there will he 12 miles of 38-in. and 42-in. pipe between the storage-basin in Mundale and Springfield, the item of pipe and laying of it will form a considerable part of the whole expense. The report of Allen Hazen, the consulting engineer, on the cost of the new supply estimated the cost of the pipe-line at $505,000; but the price of pipe is somewhat lower than when that report was made, and it would not be surprising if the cost fell somewhat under the estimate. The first contract to he let is for pipe for the improvement of the distribution-system in the city, and the bids for that have been sent in. The bid includes about 300 tons of cast-iron pipe, and the pipe and laying will involve the expenditure of more than $ico,ooo. Quickly following this contract, however, will he that for the filtration plant, the specifications for which are now only awaiting the approval of the State board of health before they are placed in the hands of the contractors. The county commissioners have submitted their approval of the plans for the construction of the dam. The report from the State board of health is expected to arrive before many days, and the contractors will he given a full month in which to do their figuring. The cost of the filter-plant was estimated by Mr. Hazen at $350,000. and it is believed that the plant will be one of the best in that part of the country. The third contract to he awarded will he the equalising reservoir on Provin mountain, the plans for which are already well under way. This has been estimated to cost about $75,000. The last big contract will he the pipe-line. As soon as these four contracts have been awarded there will he left only the Borden breok reservoir and the river crossing, both of which will he large jobs. The Borden brook reservoir will he equally as large as the present Ludlow reservoir. These two will probably nor he awarded before next year, as they can well he finished before the other large contracts are completed. James L. Tighe. hydraulic engineer, recently submitted to the county commissioners his report en the plans and specifications of the proposed dam to he built at Mundale for the purpose of forming a sedimentation basin in connection with the Little river water system. It will he a perfectly safe one. The dam has, therefore, been approved. It is intended to proceed at once as soon as the deliveries are made with the laying of the pipe, and it will be provided that local labor shall be employed in this work so far as it may he possible.