WATER SUPPLY OF NEW LONDON, CONN.
The average height of water in the lake that supplies New London, Conn., was greater last year than in the year previous, although the rainfall was 3.60 less—showing the effects of a more favorable distribution of the rainfall, which, during the winter months, had been quite large. The total consumption for the year was 506,959,116 gallons-an average of 30,834 gallons a day above that of the year preceding. The average annual increase for three years has been only about 45.090 gallons. The consumption for manufacturing purposes, as measured by meters, was for the year ending July 1, 1896, 340,000 gallons per dav or twenty-four per cent, of the entire consumption. A total length of 8.623 feet cast Iron pipe from four-inch to ten-inch was laid during the year, and for Cement-lined pipe 2 531 feet of cast iron pipe six-inch to twelve-inch was substituted. The number of gates was increased to 273; of fire hydrants to 207. Twenty seven new meters were set and eleven taken out—the whole number in use at present being 183,besides four counters. Of these sixtyeight are of the Thomson make, thirty eight, Hersey; eight, T rident; six, Union lotary; five. Gem; one, Neptune: and the rest, various. Superintendent W. II Richards would not at present recommend the general use of meters for all kinds of service -but would for manufacturing purposes (now successfully in service); and for those who take water at regular rates for what may be classed as manufacturing uses, as well as for those who Insist on sprinkling lawns for twenty four hours per dav and pay but $2 50 per year for the privilege. The increase in the consumption of water is due to other than manufacturing purposes—the latter is twenty-four per cent, of the whole consumption.showing the steady increase from year to year in the draught of water for domestic purposes. The net receipts for water the report sets down at 39—the gross receipts,including the water supplied to hydrants ‘207 at $50 per year), f ;0,350; founts ns—(two), $150. street watering, $3,600; public buildings, $225. $55-4*9-3⅛The net cost of the water works to date has been $598.23988; bonded debt. $426,000. at seven and four j»er cent,; expended in management and repairs. $5,712 52; interest on bonds, $24 540-total, balance to construction $25.176.87—total. $55,429 39. The total consumption for the vear fora population of 15,500(15 000 on the line of pipe at date; as estimated, supplied at date 14,500) was, as stated above, 506 959,116 gallons; average daily consumption, 1.385,134—eight/-nine gallons per day to each inhabitant; 95.5 to each consumer; 505 to each tap (2,741 in use).