The Dayton Works.
Secretary Charles E. Rowe, of the Dayton, O., waterworks, sends us some interesting information regarding his department. Primarily the institution is self-supporting. The record during the past year and.its financial statements show that a great deal has been accomplished toward extending water mains for the protection of buildings from fire and for domestic water supply, while the facilities already existing have been greatly improved. Roughly estimated, seven and a half miles of new’ pipe have been laid and eighty additional fire hydrants located, and all this with an expense of less than $10,000 more than the actual revenue, omitting the $50,000 bonds sold for the purpose of extending the mains.
The water, is of the best quality, and domestic convenience has its share in pleading for the growth of the system. The department itself has encouraged this by twice reducing the water rate within the past year. New pipe has been laid amounting to seven miles 2,297 feet. Add to this the pipe existing at the end of 1892, 66 miles, gives a total of 74 miles 392 feet. Nearly all this pipe is ten, eight and six inches in diameter, it being found poor policy to use pipe of a small bore. Resides this the department lowered two miles of pipe on paved streets, and took up 509 feet of old pipe and replaced it with pipe of a larger diameter.
In many cases the water mains had to be altered in order to give the sewers the right of way. During 1893 eighty additional hydrants were put in place, which makes a total of 716 hydrants now ready for fire protection. Fifty old hydrants were replaced with new ones of more improved pattern, making the total number of new hydrants 130.
At the end of 1892 there were 4,695 services, and during 1893, 1,448 new ones were put in, making a total of 6,143 services. Connections were made in 1893 with forty-three flush tanks, in connection with the sewerage system, to which water is furnished free. This makes in all 109 connections with flush tanks. There was a reduction in water rates on January 1, 1892, on water measured by meter from eight to forty cents to from eight to fifteen cents, and on July 1, a uniform rate of eight cents was made for all measured water. On January 1, a reduction was made on the rates for kitchen faucets, yet with all these reductions the wisdom of the policy is shown by the fact that the receipts are $4,073.57 above those of last year.