WATERWORKS SYSTEM OF MANSFIELD.
The Mansfield, Ohio, waterworks system was installed in 1872, and up to the present time the cost of construction, including buildings, machinery, laying mains and pipe, drilling wells, etc., has been approximately $700,000. The plant today is worth a figure far in excess of this amount; in fact, the city had a bona fide offer of $800,000 for the plant about two years ago. The cost of maintenance and running expenses last year was $22,140.72, the earnings were $38,525.29, notwithstanding the fact that water was furnished free to all fire hydrants, city buildings, schoolhouses and watering troughs that abound quite numerously over the city. The bonded indebtedness against the city waterworks is at the present time $52,000. Since January’ 1, 1903, there have been laid seven and one-half miles of mains, with the necessary hydrants, and all the operating expenses paid from the earnings, and on January 1 there was a balance to the credit of the waterworks fund of $28,785.85. All the water has to be lifted from wells at least 150 ft. deep, which is pumped into a 4.500,000-gal. cement reservoir. From that reservoir it is pumped into the mains over th’e city and Mansfield, situated, as it is, on a hill, the highest point being 247 ft. above the pumping station. The water must be pumped against the back pressure.