To Extend the Water System of the City of New Britain
The Board of Water Commissioners of New Britain, Conn., made a report to the Common Council at a special meeting on April 25 on the extension of the water system. The board feels that the time has arrived when steps should be taken to start work on the Burlington project. The city, it is claimed, is making a rapid growth and the water system should keep up with the increase in population. If the city had a long, dry spell it would be threatened with a water famine, according to the report. Hiram A. Miller, a consulting engineer of Boston, Mass., has made an investigation for the proposed extension in Burlington. He states that if the Burlington supply is developed New Britain will have a sufficient water supply for about thirty years. He advises that a tunnel should be built in Burlington rather than a pipe line, as it would be more economical. He recommended that the city proceed at once with the construction of the proposed tunnel and the subsidiary structures for the purpose of diverting the water of about four square miles of Burlington Brook into Whigville above the Whigville reservoir. The estimated cost for the construction of the tunnel is $325,000. which does not include the land or water damages.
The Board of Water Commissioners have submitted the following recommendations: 1—That the tunnel and its appurtenances shall be constructed instead of a pipe line. 2—That a reinforcer concrete water tower be constructed adjacent to the west canal. 3— That steps be immediately taken for a bond issue of sufficient amount to cover the cost of the above work, including land and water damages.. 4—That this w’ork be properly advertised and proposals received and work started as soon thereafter as possible.