WATER SUPPLY OF ST. PAUL, MINN.
Supt. Starkey, of the water works of St. Paul. Minn., reports to the water commissioners of that city that during 1897 11,050.4 feet, or 2.0928 miles of pipe were laid on high service (including the west side) and low service; 5,840 feet were relaid—total. 3.2015 miles or 16,904.4 feet; seventeen hydrants were set—total, 2,249; thirty-five valves were placed, making a total of 2.094,430 service pipes—total, 15,212;and nine street sprinkling hydrants set—total, 291,770 new meters—total, 2.190 that are a source of revenue to the department. Six four-inch connections were also put in for automatic fire extinguishers. The number and size of the pipe leading from the main are as follows: One branch, with twelve-inch pipe; three branches, with six-inch pipe; twenty-four branches, with foui-inch pipe—making a total of twenty-eight fire extin guishersput in up to date. Vadnais lake weir was also built for measuring the water pumped from the artesian wells, and two additional Vadnais lake wells (put down in the latter part of 1896. but only one) connected with the other system of wells — total,nine wells that can be put in service when required. A high service reservoir weir was built for measuring the water pumped at the McCarron lake pumping station, and a Venturi meter placed on the thirty-inch low service main, near that pumping station.
Secretary Caulfield reports the balance on hand at the beginning of last year $10,058,17;the receipts.including $170,796.35 general water receipts, being $327,011.74; the disbursements, Including general maintenance, $37,105.41, extensions, $23.305.72, construction. $27,885.79, meters, $9,324.50, connection (street services), $10,015.18, interest, $114,200, sinking fund, $96,759.17, etc.. $321,905.48—balance, $15,104.43. Total pumpage at McCarron lake station (in continual operation throughout the year,—1.280,312.700; daily average of gallons pumped, 3.507,200; total pounds of coal used, 2,089819; daily average of coal, 5 725. West Side station (in continual operation throughout the year).—Gallons pumped, 16.018,200; daily average, 43,885 gallons; total pounds of coal used, 229,800; daily average of coal, 629 pounds. Vadnais lake station (in operation seventy-one days).—Total gallons pumped, 349.800 000; daily average, 4.836.159 gallons; total pounds of coal used. 195.950; daily average of coal, 2,728 pounds. Centerville lake station (in operation ninety days).— Total gallons pumped, 112.295.278; total pounds of coal used. 76,125; daily average of coal. 846 pounds.