Water Department Has a Successful Year
The report of the water commissioners of Westfield, Mass., shows the close of a most successful year, both in growth and in financial condition. During the year which has just passed, the increase in the number of gallons consumed was approximately one-fifth the increase of the previous year, which was most unusual, and the increase for the last year in figures was 25,000,000 gallons. It is figured that the daily consumption to each tap is 920 gallons, with an average of 110 to each inhabitant of Westfield’s 21,000. During the year the department negotiated the purchase of the Moore farm in Montgomery, and arranged for the purchase of 120 acres on the Granville watershed, which was held up until the title search could be completed. The several thousand pine seedlings which were set out by the department a year ago are showing evidence of the blight on their tops, and no more trees of this variety will be set out until the blight is exterminated from this region. The financial report shows that the receipts of the departments amounted to $66,714.03, including $11,054.73 balance carried forward, $54,051.15 from water sales and $1.608.15 from miscellaneous sales.
The department turned over $35,000 to the town, which was its biggest item of expense; $5,750.06 went for land and engineering; $1,041.41 for cleaning, taxes, etc.; $7,154.47 for distributing system; and $6,037.23 for administration, which included salaries. There was a cash balance of $11,730.03. There are still many water rents to be collected.