WATER SUPPLY OF CLINTON.
The water department of Clinton, Mass, continues to be in a prosperous condition. Spring basin has been thoroughly cleaned at a cost of about $1, 100—about 1,000 yards of muck and many cords of decaying logs and stumps having been taken out. An iron tank—capacity, 200,000 gallons—has been erected near the reservoir on Burditt hill of a sufficient height to allow an open main from the basin in Sterling, This gave a uniform pressure of about 100 pounds to the residents there and did away with a vexatious system of check-gates and valves, rendered necessary from the Burditt hill reservoir being twenty-eight feet lower than the source. The board of water commissioners has placed meters on all hotels, restaurants, boarding houses, manufactories, livery stables, business blocks, public buildings, and houses of four, or more tenements, and induced many private families to have their water metered whenever practicable. The result has proved beneficial from an economical point of view. Although approximately only one-third of the takersare placed upon meters; yet the consumption has been reduced forty per cent. The receipts have been $32,744.10, including annual rates, $10,232.48, and metered rates, $9,253.05. The consumption, accord ing to the Venturi meter, was 233,111,527 gallons—average monthly consumption. 18.251,934 gallons; average daily consumption, 600,062 gallons—a saving over previous years of 141,342,980 gallons, or two and one-half times ihe entire storage capacity. Of water passed through domestic meters the consumption was 30.699,337; through manufactory meters, 22.411,942; number of gallons to each consumer per day (population of Clinton and Lancaster, 13,677. supplied with water. 8.705), 68,94; number of metered services in Clinton and Lancaster, 602. There were placed last year 253 new meters, making a total of 571 now in use in Clinton—besides thirty-one in Lancaster. Of those in Clinton 262 are of the l rident make; ninety-seven, Ilersey; nineteen, Union; seven Nash, and 184, miscellaneous. During the past year main pipe was laid as follows: To standpipe, seventy-six feet, ten inches; Sanderson Court, 157 feet, two inches. Total length of main pipe, thirty-one miles, 3,952 feet. Oren B. Bates is superintendent of the water works system.
A large reservoir is to be constructed at Ottumwa, la., according to an arrangement made between the Burlington road and the Ottumwa City Water Supply Company. The reservoir will be located between the tracks at Wapello street, and there will be cranes placed at each end of the depot yards for the use of passenger engines on the Burlington road.
New Sharon. la., has voted to bond the town to the amount of $3,500 to put in a water works system.