The Rome Water Plant
The following facts were contained in the April report of Superintendent Armstrong, of the Rome, N. Y., water works: The water consumption in February, 1914, was 108,000,000 gallons and this was reduced to 48,000,000 gallons in April, 1915, principally through a house to house canvass of the water consumers for the purpose of detecting leaky water fixtures. Hundreds of them were found. Later the excess consumption was again in evidence. During April the consumption was 205,600,000 gallons, or a daily average of 6,418,666, which is out of proportion to the population. By the Pitometer system leaks in mains and in branches are located. The city will be divided into about 15 sections and each section will be tested separately and a map of each section will be prepared for the information of the board, and the system may be kept up by the board so that the water consumption may he controlled in the future. The water rents were due in April and Superintendent Armstrong reported the amount collected to be $32,460.85. Permits for 19 water taps were issued at $61 and 12 sewer taps at $12. The collections before this one amounted to $29,724. Ten years ago the collection for the whole year amounted to only $30,000, so it may be seen that during the past 10 years the water rents have more than doubled. Superintendent Armstrong predicted that the rents next year would total $75,000.