WATER SUPPLY OF NORTHAMPTON.
During 1897 the receipts for water at Northampton, Mass., have amounted to $34,907 — an increase of $1,112 over those of 1896. It is expected that the whole of the old debt— the balance of which is now $174,000, will be paid in 1900. There will then remain the bonded debt for $100,000 incurred for the new reservoir and additional pipe line, which will be due in 1900. The new lines and extensions amounted to f eight, six, and four-inch pipe. Five new hydrants were added, making the total number in use 255. The total length of pipe of alt sizes s 274.770 feet, or about fifty-two miles. Two meters were added to the thirty-eight already in service. I he total cost of the construction of the works during the twenty-seven years of their existence has been $440,300.03. I he operating expenses last year were $3,082.32,including the salary of Supt. Wright, which is very fittingly to be raised permanently. It may be added that the foreman of the works, Mr. James McConnville.has frilled that position for twenty-seven consecutive years.