The New Springfield Waterworks.
The water department of Springfield, Mass., will continue the improvements of that city’s distribution system, begun last year and expected to go on for four years more. This year the sum of $135,000 will be devoted to the work, and it is being planned to replace all the cement pipes in the low-service system, some of this pipe still in use in different parts of the lower sections of the city from Brightwood down to Central street and along the Connecticut river as far down as Mill river. There has been no cement pipe laid in the city since 1875, and all of that class of pipe in the high service in the lower sections of the city will also be entirely removed and replaced with cast iron pipes, which alone will be able to withstand the added press ire. Half the above sum will probably be spent on the distribution system and replacing the cement pipes, while the rest will be used for the further extension of the big trunk circuit which was started last year on Water street and between Carew and State streets on the hill. It is not yet certain whether the circuit will be extended north or south from Water street, where are at present some 3,500 ft. extending from Hampden street to Bliss street. The largest cement pipe to be replaced is a 16-in. pipe, and will probably l>e relaid with 16-in. cast iron pipe. In most cases where the cement pipe is taken up it will be replaced with larger pipe, so that eventually there will be no pipes under 8 in. The income for next year is estimated at $260,000 in water revenues alone. The expenses for operation are estimated at $60,000, while $61,000 more will be needed for the sinking fund, the interest on the Little river and Ludlow debt and a payment of $5,000 on the ocrial bond -making the total estimated expenses about $125,000. This will leave $135,000 available for extraordinary expenses, which include the cost of the reconstruction of the distribution system. Last year a little less than $110,000 was spent. The water department is just now busy with the plans for the contracts soon to be let for the filter plants and its accessories at Little river. Another contract for some 200 tons of steel pipe for use on the Little river system wall also soon be let.