Ware Water Works
The construction of a water system in the town of Ware, Mass., was begun in 1886. For such purpose the town borrowed $75,000. The following year an appropriation of $500 and a loan of $6,000 for construction purposes was made. In 1888, the third year, the town made appropriations amounting to $3,500, and in 1889, the fourth year, an appropriation of $5,500 was made to pay land damages. Since then the town has not been called upon to render financial assistance either for construction or maintenance, say Water Commissioners George D. Stores, H. P. Cummings and James A. Byrns in the department report for 1915. Construction account now stands at $160,247, all of which with the exception of the $90,500 contributed by the town have resulted from the earnings of the department. In addition, the department has each year paid interest on the sums borrowed, and there is now on hand a balance of something over $14,000. In the beginning the minimum meter rental was $13.00, with a $2.00 fee for the use of the meter, while at the present time the minimum is $4.00 per year without a charge for rent of meter. The equipment is complete, but some working parts are growing old, so that, undoubtedly, as noted in the last year’s report, a new pumping outfit will have to be installed shortly. Superintendent Thomas C. Gleason states in the course of his report that the total number of services is 947, four having been added the past year. 912 are now in use; 13 arc supplied through meters on other services, 20 had been discontinued and 2 had not been turned on. 264 meters were read each month under an order of the board requiring monthly reading of all meters registering $10 worth of water or over a year. All meters arc read quarterly. During the year the pumps were run 2,433 3/4 hours. Total receipts, including balance on hand at opening of the year, were $24,951.00. Expenditures amounted to $10,779.10. The population of Ware in 1915, was 9,327. The source of the water supply is collecting wells and pipe wells. The mode of supply is pumping. The pumping machinery was built by Deane Steam Pump Company and Warren Steam Pump Company. Estimated total population to date is 9,327; estimated population on lines of pipe is 9,227; estimated population supplied, 9,177; total consumption for the year, 165,088,320 gallons; passed through meters, 118,863,591; percentage of consumption metered, 72; average daily consumption, 452,297; gallons per day to each inhabitant, 48.49; gallons per day to each consumer, 49.02; gallons per day to each tap, 495.94. There are 128 hydrants in use. The range of pressure in mains at the center of town is 90 to 95 pounds. There arc 934 meters of which 5 were added last year. The percentage of services metered is 93.