THE MIDDLETOWN WATER SYSTEM.
Middletown, N. Y., is working hard to enlarge and better its system of water supply by purchasing farms and water rights and land in the watershed and thereby preventing the possibility of its water being contaminated as was the case on the land of one farm owner, a woman, who held several acres on the watershed of Highland reservoir and and did not prevent her tenant from breaking the rules of the State board of health by spreading cow manure on the surface within a distance of about fifty-three feet from the water’s edge and afterwards ploughing it under the soil, whereby filth percolated through into the waters of the reservoir. The city has now begun condemnation proceedings, as the woman refused to sell at a good price. Middletown owns two valuable pieces of property in its waterworks plant, whose total cost has been $690,506,17. It is now worth, net, over and above outstanding bonds, $299,548.48. Last year the amount carried to its account was $28,095.45. Notwithstanding the scant rainfall during the past two years, the supply of water has been abundant. The total amount stored is 657,000.000 gals.—a loss of 178.000.000 gals, during the year. The total amount of mains laid in 1906 was 2,605 ft.; it included 6-in. and 8-in. and brought the total amount of mains in use up to forty miles, 1.767 ft. Four new two-way hydrants were set—making the total number in use 316, of which 276 are public. Seventy taps were inserted during the year—making the total number in use 2,576. T. W. Davey is superintendent of the system.