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connected with the high service, and the Board are of the opinion that its sale can safely be made without detriment to the works.
The East Boston reservoir is in good condition. The South Boston reservoir is not in perfect order, and within two or three years will need extensive repairs unless its use should be suspended by the introduction of high service in that locality.
This division comprises the Lake and all that portion of the works lying between the Lake and the gate-house at the Brookline reservoir, and its superintendence is in charge of Mr. Albert Stanwood.
The low stage of the water in the Lake revealed the fact that the sea-wall adjoining the gate-house was starting from its position; a portion of the wall has been rebuilt in a thorough and substantial manner, and the balance will be rebuilt at an early day.
In order to keep up the supply during several months of the past year it has been necessary to pump the water from the Lake into the conduit; this has been done by the use of two eighteen-inch pumps driven by two twenty-five horsepower engines.
The usual annual examination of the conduit has been omitted, on account of the scarcity of water.
CHESTNUT HILL RESERVOIR.
This reservoir has been thoroughly tested during the past year, and fully meets the most sanguine expectations of its projectors; as a storage reservoir it is invaluable. Its cost was large, viz., $2,449,982.07; but we believe it to be one of the most essential features of the water works. The combined capacity of the two basins is 731,472,429 gallons.
The building and lands about this reservoir are in good order.
The importance of keeping our storage reservoirs full has prevented the cleaning out of the basin, as was contemplated.
WATER REGISTRAR'S DEPARTMENT.
The number of water-takers now entered for the year 1872 is 38,716 ; an increase of 2,584 over the previous year.
The number of cases in which the water has been turned off for non-payment of rates, during the year, is 936; of this number 734 have been turned on again, and a balance of 202 still remain off.
Meters are attached to a variety of establishments, embracing hotels, railroad stables, manufactories, saloons and buildings occupied by several tenants.
Whole number of meters, now in use, 1,091.
The number of the various kinds of water-fixtures, on the premises of water-takers, January 1, 1872, was 145,786; an increase of 17,552 during the year.
CHARLES H. ALLEN, Pres't.
REPORT OF THE CLERK.
OFFICE OF THE COCHITUATE WATER BOARD,
Boston, May 6, 1872.
President of the Cochituate Water Board:
32 47 1,616 17 1,289 69 1,557 08 63,380 55 16,478 27
Amount carried forward,
Amount brought forward, Laying main pipes
across Chelsea Creek service so Reservoir East Boston
289 72 13,897 77
3,882 58 8,513 90 4,206 04 4,356 13
155 06 3,396 41
22,575 10 10,065 50 9,079 38
proving yard blacksmith's shop ' laying main pipe
64 50 8,715 00
905 32 5,188 32 13,465 47
Amount carried forward,