WATER SYSTEM OF WOBURN.
During 1901 the supply of water at Woburn, Mass., was ample for all purposes, and the quality, as usual, was very high. The total receipts were $43,391.54, of which $41,930.78 was from water rates. The expenditures amounted to $42,401.99, of which $11,627.99 was for maintenance; $26,000 for maturing bonds; and $4,774 for interest. The increase in the water rates last year over those of 1900 was $304.52: decrease in expenditures for maintenance account from 1900, $1,822.69. The free hydrant service now furnished to the city cost $7,040, and in reality formed a contribution from the water department to the city funds to be employed for general municipal purposes—which seems to be an injustice to the water takers, who have thereby to pay a higher water rate. The water rates should, therefore, be readjusted, so that the income of the department should be sufficient for departmental uses, and for those alone. This will become a very important question in about three years, when the entire bonded indebtedness will have been paid, and an annual saving of $26,000 will have been effected to the department for bonds, and $5,100 for interest charges. Part of this will have .to he devoted to replacing all the cement and pine, which has been in the ground for thirty years, with cast iron pipe of greater strength. Water Commissioner Elwyn G. Preston would evidently like to devote a portion of the surplus thus accruing to installing meters throughout the city.
Articles of incorporation have been filed by the Denniway Water company, Ltd., of Hailey, Idaho.