WATER SUPPLY OF HARRISBURG
THE grounds round the reservoir have been laid out as a public park and fitted up with buildings, benches, and tables—a boon which is thoroughly appreciated by the citizens, who in summer come in crowds to enjoy its advantages. Views in, and of Reservoir park are given herewith, as well as of the reservoir itself, and its surroundin s.
During the past year the total pumpage was 3,194,049,850 gallons—an average of 6.011,095 per day—a daily per capita of 111 gallons, based on a population of 54,000. It is estimated that seventy gallons per capita a day are used for domestic purposes, and forty-one for elevators, motors, fountains, flushing sewers, blowing mud and culm out of the street mains, sprinkling streets, manufacturing, and other purposes. The average time of pumping per day was thirteen hours and thirteen minutes. The capacity of the four pumps, (two K nowles and two local) is 2,500,000 gallons each. The pumping engines having to work so long every day, so as
to keep a full supply in the reservoir, and thus take advantage of depth for sedimentation, require (says the report of the board of water commissioners) the greatest care, skill, and attention to perform their duties. For twenty-three years these engines have pumped all the water the city has required for all purposes. During .that time Jhey not failed to perform the duties required of them. The record is a remarkable one and seldom equaled in pumping wat r. A city of 54.000 inhabitants, however good the work done by the pumping engines in providing its water supply, should have them in duplicate to prevent the supply being interrupted by accident.
It is but justice to state that the excellent condition of the buildings and the machinery at the pumping station is due to the careful and intelligent management of C. M. Nagle, the chief engineer, and the employes in his charge.
The capacity of the standpipe (five feet by 205,inclosed in a brick tower), is 30 000 gallons. The ordinary pressure is from forty-five pounds to eighty-five pounds. There are over 700 hydrants. Meterage is extensively practised — there being 3.305 in use. These are owned, controled, and repaired by the city. Their use is compulsory only for factories, liverystables. motors, and public laundries. These are thirty-one in number and are mostly of large size. There were 408 meters set for domestic purposes during the year—making 5,026 houses using them. As to the satisfaction given by these meters, the report points out that
no better evidence can be needed on the part of the people who pay for [them] than the number put in. None have been taken out. 1 heir efficiency and economy in the distribution of the water supply is satisfactory both to the board and the people, who voluntarily ordered and paid for them. All the domestic meters are read quarterly and bills renderedall others arc read monthly. * * * The entire cost of keeping the 3,274 meters used for domestic purposes in repair during the year was $299.40, being less than one per cent, of their cost, which was paid by the owners of them. The only cost to the city was the labor of removing and replacing. When repairs were made at the shop labor was charged.
The meters were supplied by the following makers (among others): Thomson, 1,742, Nash, 736, Hersey, (piston and disk) ninety-six, Gem, two-inch, four-inch, and six-inch, five; Union (one-inch and four-inch), two, etc. The receipts from all sources.including water rents, $90,667.68, and profits from meters, $697.31, amounted for the year to $92,287.50. Free water WJS furnished for city and charitable uses amounting to $20,123.05. The total operating expenses, including betterments, etc., were $29,240,13—balance, $66,240.13. The interest on bonded indebtedness is as follows: on $200,000 at six per cent., $12,000; $496,200 at four per cent., $19,848total interest, $31,840.
The water commissioners of the city are: Edmund Mather (president), George J. Hutton, John A. Affleck; secretary, George G. Kennedy.