The Norwich Water System
Superintendent Edwin L. Burnap of the Norwich, Conn., water works, states in his report for the year ending March 31, 1915, that the department is now placing meters on all new services and on all transferred property. The department had at the beginning of the year 1,030 meters and now has 1,143 and he adds: This year we want to put in a great many more, as I think we ought to curtail the enormous loss of water by waste. Superintendent Burnap’s report is addressed to the Commissioners: Albert S. Comstock, Patrick F. Bray, 2nd, Hugh Blackledge. Walter W. Lang and William S. Murray, and it states that the usual care, as to the sanitary conditions, has been given the watersheds at Fairview, Stony Brook and Meadow Brook. The reservoir is looked after each day, the year round, by a caretaker and the best of care is taken to prevent contamination. Meadow Brook had a great amount of work done there the past year and it is hoped the coming year it will not be necessary to spend so much time there for the brush has been cut and all growth has been cut off and burned over, as much as would burn. The hrooks were all cleaned out and widened, so that they are in good condition. At some future time a new building will have to be built at Meadow Brook, as the one there is old and this should be built of brick or concrete, as it is in a place to catch fire very readily, when brush is being burned. Fairview reservoir is in excellent condition. Grass was cut and brush burned. Superintendent Burnap states that there were complaints about the unsanitary using of the pond for fishing and he placed two large signs prohibiting the same there. During the year there were 86 new services, 10 new hydrants, 14 new gates and 115 new meters set. The department receipts were $76,573.40. The disbursements amounted to $32,251.59, and the balance was $44,321.81.