WATER SYSTEM OF METHUEN.
During 1897 the gross receipts from water rates at Methuen, Mass., amounted to $12,511.54. including $4,600, the appropriation for hydrants and fountains. The net cost of the water works up to date was $192,919.27. The total length of main pipe now laid is 25.038 ml’es. The total amount of service pipe for 795 services now laid is 36.248 feet, or 6.868 miles. Twenty-nine services have been added to the system, making a total of 239. Fifteen six-inch and two eight-inch gates were set during the year, making the total number as follows: Nineteen fourteen-inch, fifteen twelve-inch; fifted ten-inch; sixty-seven eight-inch; seventy-four six-inch; and five fourinch. Of the 552 meters in use there are 269 of the Mersey disc class, sixteen, ITersey, 300. Union, thirty, Trident—the rest being divided among the Thomson and other makes. During the year twenty-nine meters were removed from the service for repair and all but one were replaced on the same service. According to the report of Supt. Welch the meters have rendered satisfactory service, and whenever there has been any doubt of the accuracy of a meter it has been removed and accurately tested. “It is almost a mechanical impossibility (adds the report) for a meter to register more water than passes through it.” Since April 1 an accurate record was kept of the pumping. This showed that during these nine months 61,307,931 gallons of water were pumped— the lowest average amount per day being 136,250 in May, and the highest, 260,301 in July. The total nurnber of hours pumped during the same period was 1,924.10—equaling 215 days, seven hours, ten minutes. A new Deane duplex pumping engine has been ordered, of 750,000-gallon capacity per twenty-four hours; piston speed, ico feet per minute, steam pressure, eighty pounds;water pressure eighty to ninety pounds; pair of fourteen-inch steam cylinders; pair of eight-inch leather cup water pistons, with long cast iron bushings, all of twelveinch stroke.