Water Improvements at Waterbury

Water Improvements at Waterbury

Considerable work has already been done for the proposed third reservoir for the Waterbury, Conn., water system and the Mayor of Waterbury in his recent message declared work should be pushed on this improvement. In his message the mayor said: “Our water supply is a big problem and is likely to remain so for many years. Morris reservoir was completed under the past administration. It has a capcity of two billion gallons. Considerable work has already been done on the proposed third reservoir. Most of the surveys have been made, the necessary land acquired and new highways constructed to take the place of old ones which will come within the flow-line. I consider it good policy to push work on this third reservoir which will have a capacity of one billion, four hundred million gallons. Our City Engineer is of the opinion that Waterbury will soon have a population of at least 100,000 and the indications warrant the belief that lie is right. In any case, no time should be lost on the third reservoir. According to the best expert testimony we have, our present system is inadequate for a population of over 100,000. It will take about four years to complete this reservoir, so that with the best results we can hope for the proposed addition to our water system will not be ready until 1920.” The message continues: “More than 18,000 feet of water mains were laid in 1915, varying in size from 6-inch to 16-inch in diameter. The Hecla street pumping station was completed and one electrically-driven, centrifugal pump installed which has been used at various times throughout the year for forcing water from the Wigwam reservoir to the high service, and for several weeks was the only means of supply to the higher elevations in the city while a 16-inch main was being laid to replace a 12-inch main, through which the water was formerly supplied from East Mottntain, f his constitutes a notable improvement in our distribution system, hut it is only a part of what must be done so that the fire department may be assured of always finding such a quantity of water and under sufficient pressure as will enable it to cope successfully with any emergency which may arise. The frame work for the water tower on upper Hill street is erected and it will be but a short time until the tank is in place and ready to fill, thereby giving better service in that part of the town than ever.”

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