The Beverly Water System

The Beverly Water System

Commissioner of Public Works James W. Blackmer, in the annual report of the Beverly, Mass., water division for 1916, states that all the construction work for the additional water supply from the Ipswich river had been completed during the year and the 25,000,000-gallon centrifugal pump was given the final test on August 7. Wenham Lake, he says, was full and overflowing from about April 1 to June 1. From that date to December 31, the lake dropped constantly, “which indicates very forcibly the necessity of using any surplus that may occur in the Ipswich river during this period. Reference to the engineer’s pumping records for the past two years shows that less water was pumped in 1915 and 1916 than in 1914. As the populatoin of both Salem and Beverly is bound to increase, however, the total consumption of water in both cities is also going to increase and with the limited storage in Wenham lake, care must be exercised to keep the per capita consumption in both cities as low as possible.” Beverly has a population of 23,821, and the water works, owned by the city, were constructed in 1869 and 1885. Wenham lake, Ipswich river and Longham reservoir are the sources of supply. The Holly Manufacturing Company built the pumping machinery. The total pumpage for the year amounted to 592,523,250 gallons, without allowance for slip. The quantity that passed through meters was 240,856,442 gallons, the percentage of consumption metered being 40.6. Average daily consumption is 1,617,775 gallons, being 67.9 gallons per day to each inhabitant or consumer. 83.219 miles of distribution pipe are in service, 1,520.6 feet having been added during the year. 105 service taps were added during the year, making the number in use 5,089.

Tacoma, Wash., is putting in a new water system to supply the industries on the tide flats beyond the city limits. Increased activitcs on the part of these industries have added accordingly to the amount of water consumed.

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