Woburn Water Department Report

Woburn Water Department Report

The annual report of the Woburn, Mass., Water Department for the year states that the total consumption for the year was 636,516,614 gallons, the average daily consumption being 1,743,881 gallons. The estimated population supplied is 15,300, the estimated population on line of pipe was 15,308. Gallons per day to each inhabitant, 113.98. 3.414 service taps were in use. 52 new taps being added during the year. 181 meters are in use. The water works are owned by the city and the source of supply is filter gallery and tubular wells near Horn Pond. The receipts from water rates amounted to $57,557.04, and the expenditures, including management, repairs and interest on bonds, came to $22,547.10. Superintendent Robert T. Spencer in his report says there are twenty street watering standpipes in use. He recommended that the telephone and electric light wires should be removed from the water service pipes and said: “These wires serve to conduct the lightning to our mains. The wires of the Edison Company are sometimes ‘charged,’ which serves to weaken our pipe. In the relaying of our mains I would recommend that the pipe be laid as great a distance as possible from the street railway track location.” Superintendent Spencer also said: “The reservoir has been thoroughly cleaned during the year. As in former reports, I would suggest that the bottom and side walls be concreted. This work would require the blasting of a large amount of ledge on the bottom and the cutting off of a portion of the back. The necessity of this work is apparent when one considers how difficult it is to clehn out.” William H. Jones. Commissioner of Water and Water Supply, in his report said: “The necessity for an auxiliary pump to set at a sufficiently low level to take its supply from the new well is decidedly urgent, as during a time of large consumption there is not a sufficient amount of water in the wells to which the old pumps are connected to supply the city, and should an accident occur to the Platt engine, it would be necessary to use water from the pond, a condition to be deplored. At times the daily consumption reaches 3,000,000 gallons, which lowers the water in the ground to six and seven feet below the level of the old wells, leaving them practically dry.” The commissioner further said: “The consumption of water decreased about 100,000,000 gallons less than the year previous, due partly to the replacement of defective mains, partly to the lesser amount of water used for commercial purposes, and also the fact that the summer was not unusually dry, about 20,000,000 gallons less being used during the warm season than in 1912.”

STANDPIPE AT YOUNGSTOWN, O., AS COMPLETED

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