WHEELING, w. VA„ WATER SUPPLY.
Superintendent Varney, of the Wheeling, W. Pa.,water works, furnishes the following review of the work done the past year:
“We have in use at the present time 367 fire hydrants, or plugs, properly marked with size and location of same. We placed during the year 12 new hydrants, moved 9, repaired 15, placed 39 stop cocks or valves, repaired 8 stop cocks and dug 39 leaks. The main lines broke 13 times. We made 23 Smith tapper connections. We have laid 7,320 feet of pipe, or 254 tons. Of the pipe thus laid 2,706 feet was laid in order to replace some pipes of smaller size. The increase in all was 4,614 feet of mains. The city now has in all 40.5 miles of serviceable water mains. The total number of gallons pumped during the year 1895 was 2,773,858,192, an increase of 210,337,908 gallons over 1894. This increase can be attributed to the cold and long winter, when consumers will let their fixtures run to prevent freezing, and also the increased number of elevators and bad breaks, three of which were on 20-inch mains, and at night when the men were scattered. The daily average for the year per day was 7,596,871 gallons; average per month. 231,154,849 gallons. The smallest month was March, when the daily average was 6,789,311, and the month of August the largest, when the daily average was 8,61)3,496 gallons. The smallest amount for one day was on the 24th of April, 5.681,160 gallons, and the largest amount for one day was on the 6th day of August—9,780,780 gallons. Butting the population of Wheeling at 40,000, which is very liberal for the number of water consumers, it will make a per capita consumption per day of 190 gallons.