Survey of Waltham Water Department
City Engineer Brewer and Water Superintendent Higgins, of Waltham, Mass., have secured the services of Leonard Metcalf, of the firm of Metcalf & Eddy, of Boston, Mass., consulting engineers, for a survey of the water department. The principal object in making the survey is to bring about, if possible, a lower water rate without impairing the efficiency of the department in any way. The survey is expected to develop to a certainty whether this will be possible, what the extent of the reduction may be, what saving, if any, can be made in the conduct of the system without impairing the value to the public, and in what manner it will be best for Waltham to proceed to extend the water supply. Mr. Metcalf’s firm will make an inspection of the details of the department, the necessity for the extension of the system and particularly into the rates charged and which may be charged. Data for the survey will be collected by the city engineer and the superintendent of water works and much of it has already been gathered. The consulting firm will not make a physical survey of the department, but will rely upon the information collected by the city engineer and the water works superintendent. Taking this as a basis, the report will make suggestions for readjustment of rates, and for the expansion of the water supply, something that, while not regarded as an immediate necessity, will have to be gone into within the next few years.