The Water Works System of Kalamazoo
The municipal water works system of Kalamazoo, Mich., is worth $639,259.34, according to an appraisal made by engineers recently. This estimate covers the reproductive value of the water holdings including the land, main plant, auxiliary stations, towers and underground equipment. The depreciative value is estimated at $496,673.20. The estimate of the experts is within a few thousand dollars of the worth placed on the system by Water Commissioner George Houston and members of the water committee of the council. In obtaining the estimated worth of the system the council now has a basis upon which to form all planned revisions and extensions of the water department. The estimate will also be used as a basis for settlement in case of fire or other damage to the system. According to the report the land occupied by the water system is worth $21,200, the main plant is estimated to be worth $93,378, the auxiliary pumping stations at $3,192.98, booster stations at $1,635.49, towers and underground equipment at $311,175.42 and meters and plumbing equipment at $8,677.43. The depreciative value of the system is itemized as follows: Land, $21,200; main plant, $63,265.56; auxiliary pumping stations, $3,102.98; booster stations, $1,546.32; towers and underground equipment, $399,102.70, and meter and plumbing equipment, $8,455.55. The appraisal of the system cost the city $300.