The Southington Water Department

The Southington Water Department

Sixty-four new services were installed in Southington, Conn., during the fiscal year ending September 1, 1916, according to the fifth annual report of the board of water commissioners, consisting of James H. Pratt, Joseph H. Martin and Edwin S. Todd. The total of services in operation was 1,241. The plant organization consists of S. H. Mackenzie, superintendent and engineer; E. H. Lotz, assistant and clerk; D. F. Shanahan, foreman of jobbing and construction work. The report says the construction of 9,811.5 feet of pipe line to Queen street district was completed during the year and seven hydrants set. Twenty services have been connected to the extension in this district. The commissioners say the weather conditions of the past year were favorable to the department, but, as wo cannot expect like conditions to continue from year to year, the board is looking ahead toward additional storage and better protection of the watershed. With this in mind, an option has been obtained on about twenty-five more acres of land in the vicinity of the upper storage reservoir. They also say that the trees previously set out in the watershed are showing good growth and those started this year are also in excellent condition. The plantings so far are: In 1914, 2,500 white and red pipe trees; in 1915, 4,250 white, red pine and ash trees; in 1916, 5,000 white, red pine and ash trees. The total of all sizes of mains installed during the year was 12,948.9 feet. The total of mains in use September 1, 1916, was 24.25 miles. There were 363 valves. The total population supplied is about 6,000. New meters installed numbered 29. There are 123 public fire hydrants and 39 private fire hydrants, making a total of 162, a gain of ten during the year. The financial statement shows a gain for the year of $6,046.29, or a total gain of $24,433.48 since July 4, 1911. The total water rent sales for the year amounted to $22,891.29; jobbing (putting in services, etc.) amounted to $6,491.03. Other items of income were: Interest on reserve fund, $162.61, forfeited discounts on water rents, $150.51; discounts taken on purchases, $133.76, making the total income $29,329.43. The total expenses came to $23,783.14.

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