WATER SUPPLY OF PAWTUCKET.
GREAT improvements in the water plant have recently been made at Pawtucket, R. I. A twenty-inch main has been laid in Lonsdale avenue, from Prime street to Weeden street. This is an improvement long contemplated and greatly needed. The pipe formerly in use was a twelve inch and was the outlet for the twenty inch pipe from the No. 3 pumping station. This naturally choked the flow and caused a heavy head against the pumps when the same were running up to speed. The twelve-inch pipe was not disturbed.but was left to be used for commercial purposes and the twenty-inch pipe was laid on the opposite side of the street to be used for a force main to the reservoir. The laying of the pipe was accomplished in the spring; and the work has stood the test up to the present time without the appearance of a leak. This is remarkable and speaks well for the thoroughness of the work done under the superintendence of Mr. Darling. The beneficial effect of this outlet from the pumps is very evident in the reduction of pressure in the head against the pumps.
Arrangements have been made with the city of Central Falls to sell to them the water pipes, gates and hydrants that were included within the newly established boundary lines of said city, but outside the boundaries of the old fire district. Thus the city would own and control all of the pipes within its confines; the city of Pawtucket simply furnishing the water. The arrangements were finally completed between committees appointed by the councils of the respective cities, for the sale of the pipes for the sum of $8,389. This sum was nearly enough to pay the enti”e expense of laying the new force main. Important extensions have been made as follows:
Two hundred and eighty-six new services have been added to the system and twenty-four services discontinued, making a total net gain of 262. Eight new hydrants have been added making the total number available for public use 924. The use of lead lined iron pipe for all services up to and including two inches in size has been continued, and the experience of the past four years convinces us that it is the best and cheapest service pipe available for our use. During the year 17,898 feet of one inch, 177 feet of one and one-half-inch, and 8,695 feet of two-inch pipe of this make have been used in the system. The financial showing of this department as set forth in the statement of the chief clerk is a source of congratulation. Although for only a period of ten menths and which ten months do not include the receipts for the last quarter’s bills, amounting to about $9,000 we were enabled to render a surplus of $50,000 to be credited to the sinking fund account. This surplus is over and above every expense attending the running of the plant, payments of all interest on both bonds and floating dtbt, and every bill properly chargeable to the maintenance account, Taking into consideration the condition of business, which caused a considerably lighter consumption of water, averaging 125,151 gallons per day less than last year, the returns have been very pleasing and satisfactory indeed. One hundred and seventy new services of water were put in. making 7.071 in all, and 288 meters added, making a total number of 5,357 metered services in the city. The total length of mains Is 133.17 miles in all divisions. Two new drinking fountains have been erected and eight new hydrants, two of them six-way, the others, two way have been set. The total number of gallons pumped at station No. 1, was 365,944 .938; cost of raising 1.000,000 gallons into reservoir, $11.27; cost of raising 1,000,000 I foot high, $,0419; average number of gallons pumped per pound of coal, $539-92; average number of gallons raised 100 feet per pound of coal. $1,451 68; total number of days pumping, 254; average pumping time per day, 11.37. At No. 2 station the figures were as follows: Total number of gallons pumped. 141,982,406; cost of raising 1,000,000 gallons into reservoir, $:8.62; cost of raising 1.000,000 gallons 1 foot high. $0,069; total number of days pumping, 191; average pumping time per day, 11.49At No. 3 station: Total number of gallons pumped, 1,122,583.557; cost of raising 1,000.000 gallons into reservoir. $6.89; cost of raising 1,000,000 gallons one foot high. $9,249; average number of gallons pumped per pound of coal, 491.11; average number of gallons raised 100 feet per pound of coal, 1,354.23; total number of days pumping. 267; average pumping time per day, 16 hours and 54 minutes. Summary of pumping expenses for ten months: Bumping stations Nos. 1, 2, and 3. Total expenses for the ten months, $14,513.31; total number of the U. S. gallons pumped into reservoir, 1.630,510,900; total cost of raisihg 1,000,000 gallons into the reservoir, $8.90; total cost of raising 1,000,000 gal Ions one foot high, $0,452; average daily consumption of water in U. S. gallons, 2 2 5,345 937; maximum daily consumption of water in U. S. gallons. 5,345.937; minimum daily consumption of water in U. S. gallons, 2,879 879.