The Proposod High Water Service for Manchester, N. H.
Regarding the proposed establishment of a high pressure water supply system at Manchester, N. H., of which mention has been already made in our columns, a press correspondent writes:
“The necessity of this system, as the city expands, was recognized in the early days of the building of the present system of water-works, and at that time it was thought that Wilson hill would answer the purpose for a site for the high pressure reservoir, but the growth which has been going on there within the last few years makes manifest that this plan is altogether out of the question, and that a higher point of land must be reached in order to afford convenience and protection to those residents who have built houses for themselves and own property on Wilson hill.
“This being the case, a higher elevation, Oak hill, situated north of Wilson hill, and which is said to be the highest point of land within the city limits, has been fixed upon as the most desirable point for the location of the water supply station.
“The site which has l>een selected on Oak hill is sixty-four feet above the highest point of land on Wilson hill, and would consequently provide every facility and protection for the residents of Wilson hill.
“The engineer recently appointed by the water commissioners to furnish a report and estimates as to the cost of the establishment of the proposed high-service reservoir has completed the same. It is an exhaustive treatise of the subject, and presents the matter in various phases, no less titan seven plans being presented, and the estimates as to the cost vary from $82,218.56 for the lowest to $184.297.16 for the highest. In commenting upon his estimates Mr. Tidd says:
“In view of the above comparison of cost of the various plans, it seems to me that if you desire to furnish the high service alone plan C would be the most economical and efficient. Should you decide to arrange the proposed plant to furnish the high service and also the low one to any considerable extent, I am of the opinion that either of the plans E would be preferable. Which one of these two would be advisable depends upon how much you may be called on to furnish the entire city with water from this plant. The prices quoted are based upon the cost of labor and material at the present time, and are subject to the fluctuations of the market.’
“Plan C, which Mr. Tidd refers to, is the one calling for the least expenditure of money, while plans E, also referred to, call for an outlay of $145,232.24 for one and $160,422.58 for the other.”