Supt. Kingman 25 Years Head of Brockton Water Department
Superintendent Horace Kingman, who has been at the head of the Brockton, Mass., water department for 25 years, in his annual report includes some interesting statistics as to the water works of 1892 compared with the water works of 1917. They are:
When Mr. Kingman took charge the Avon Reservoir was pumping 272,344,946 gallons a year, with an average daily consumption of 746,173 gallons. This year the total pumped is 1,116,228,614 gallons, or an average daily consumption of 3,058,160 gallons. A population of 24,000 was supplied in 1892 and the Brockton water system is now supplying 75,970 persons in Brockton, Whitman, East Bridgewater, Eastondale, West Bridgewater, Hanson and Pembroke. The system. has 126.57 miles of mains now, against 43.74 miles in 1892. “I know of no city,” said Mr. Kingman, “that has made any better progress than Brockton, and certainly we have now as good and pure water as any city in the East in particular, and I don’t think any city has any better than the Silver Lake supply.” Two of the greatest improvements have been built in Mr. Kingman’s time—a large 24-inch main and the Silver Lake supply and distributing arteries.
New Brunswick, N. J., has the best supply of water in its history. A recent analysis of the filtered water was made bv the chemists of the firm of Johnson & Johnson, and it was found to be highly satisfactory. The state department of health also made an analysis and reported that the filtered water of New Brunswick is all that could be expected. The filtering plant at the reservoir is very well equipped. Every modem device is installed in the big plant to assure a copious supply of drinking water under ample pressure, from which pollution and disease germs, bad tastes and odors have been removed.