Westfield Water Works Report Shows Need of Reservoir
The condition of the water works of Westfield, Mass., is financially good, while physically the condition of the works leaves much to be desired, according to the annual report of the board of water commissioners. The lack of adequate water storage and the need of a storage reservoir are the principal factors of interest in the report. The consumption of water in Westfield has jumped from 1,826,776 gallons per day in 1914 to 2,261,663 gallons per day in 1917. The increase in consumption must be taken care of or the town will suffer both from lack of fire protection and in a business way. The immediate construction of a storage reservoir to guarantee business unhandicapped for water, and adequate fire protection, are the principal recommendations that are made. The construction of the storage reservoir can be had in one of two ways, either by using the income of the water works department to finance the undertaking, thus taking three or four years time, or to issue bonds so that the work may be completed within one or two years. The expenses and general work of the department were about the same as in past years. A page of the report was dedicated to the memory of Summer W. Hildreth, former water commissioner, who died during the past year.
The reorganization of the Perth Amboy, N. Jwater board has resulted in the election of Harry R. Wilson as president; Charles A. Landback, a new member of the board, vice-president. Charles D. Snedeker and William P. Nolan are the retiring members,