Winsted Water Works

Winsted Water Works

The report of the Water Works Department of the Borough of Winsted, Conn., for the fiscal year ending May 1, 1915, states that during the year very little construction work was done as nearly every street is supplied with water. The total number of hydrants in use was 247, of which 25 are private. The number of houses supplied was: Single houses, 716; double houses, 499; total, 1,215. Number of families supplied, 1,923. The estimated consumption of water per day was 1,500,000 gallons, of which amount 325,600 was used by factories and railroad company. The meters in use numbered 126. The receipts amounted to $21,167.99 and the disbursements to $4,629.50. Superintendent of Water George M. Crossman recommended that the Board consider the advisability of raising the dam at Crystal Lake four feet, thereby nearly doubling the storage capacity. The dam at Crystal Lake, said Superintendent Crossman, is 11 feet below the dam at Rugg Brook Reservoir and one foot below the bottom of the tunnel connecting the lake and reservoir. The tunnel is 3,253 feet long and a little over six feet square through solid rock. The Borough now owns nearly all that drains directly into Crystal Lake. This is a gravity system. There are 23 1/2 miles of pipe from 24-inch to 4-inch in size, with a pressure from 40 pounds on the highest hills to 145 pounds near the Moore Bolt works. The gauge in the office averages 125 pounds, at night 127 pounds. Rugg Brook Reservoir has an area of 45 acres, 26,861,185 cubic feet of water. Twothirds of this can be drawn through the tunnel into Crystal Lake, which has an area of 146 acres 11 feet from the surface, contains 59,597,500 cubic feet, is 138 feet above Highland Lake and 304 feet above the nozzle of the hydrant at the comer of Main and Elm streets. Highland Lake has an area of 489 acres.

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