TROY, N. Y., WATER DEPARTMENT.

TROY, N. Y., WATER DEPARTMENT.

The forty-first annual report of the board of water commis sioners of Troy, N. Y., for the year ending February 29. 1806, as prepared by Clerk George B.Fales.was read by him to the board March 28,and gives the following interesting details among the statistics included in the report. In addition to the usual features, the financial portion shows: Balance on hand March 1, 1895, $3,709.36; regular water rents 1895, $72,461.20; collected by clerk, $23,605.78; received for bonds sold, $10,076.50; total resources, $109,852.87; payments for the year, $99,914 17; balance on hand March 1, 1896, $9,938.70. There are 268 meters are in use. During the year there were metered 400 151.522 gallons of water, an increase over last year. Five fire hydrants and 13 valves were added. There were 148 laterals put in during the year, 22 by plumbers and 126 by the board. The total cost of the mains laid and relaid was $4,784,52. The mains were laid as follows: Twelve-inch, 42 feet; 6-inch, 1,071 feet. The total length of water pipes now laid in the city is within a fraction of 59 miles. The cost of the entire system to the date of the report was $1,268,287.70. There has been paid for salaries and maintenance, $1,137,933.04; interest, $316,423.57; sinking fund, $223,362.50. The total debt of the department is $303,500, and there is a balance in the sinking fund of $43,406.25, applicable to the payment of bonds as they become due. There at present 748 fire hydrants and 1,204 valves in use. The rain-fall was 29.80 inches—the lowest recorded in fifty years,with the exception of that of 1880. The rainfall for 69 years is also given. The report refers at length to the scarcity of water last fall, and of the means resorted to by the commissioners to restore the supply in the depleted reservoirs. The works have been faithfully looked after for the past eight years by Superintendent Edward Dolan, while the finances and office work have been in charge of George B. F’aies. All connected with the department have profited by the advice and wise counsel of Commissioner Richard F’, Flail, who has made a special study ,of mains, valves, hydrants, and meters for nearly thirty years. His judgment is regarded as strictly accurate in matters where speedy action is required. Mr. Hall has been a member of the board since March 17, 1870. It should be satisfaction to the citizens of Troy to know that its water works in all the years of its existence has been faithfully managed by those trusted with its affairs.

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