Report of the Commissioners Appointed Under an Order of the City Council, March 16, 1837, to Devise a Plan for Supplying the City of Boston with Pure Water

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J. H. Eastburn, City Printer, 1837 - Water-supply - 95 pages
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Page 61 - Any person may erect and maintain a water mill and a dam to raise water for working it upon and across any stream that is not navigable upon the terms and conditions and subject to the regulations hereinafter expressed.
Page 75 - Extracts from minutes of Evidence taken before the select Committee of the House of Commons, on the supply of water to the Metropolis in 1821.
Page 50 - I object to the color and character of the water which composes this source. Much of the water is derived from the Middlesex Canal, from the leaks and wastes on a large portion of its length. This Canal is fed from Concord River, in Billerica, a large part of whose waters lie every year, nearly motionless, through the dog days, steeping the grass on the Sudbury meadows, for many miles in extent.
Page 3 - ... Esq., received a like appointment. All these gentlemen made elaborate reports, and recommended various sources of supply, which we have not here space to detail. In 1837, under the mayoralty of Samuel A. Eliot, Esq., a commission, consisting of Daniel Treadwell, James F. Baldwin, and Nathan Hale, was appointed to examine the sources from which a supply of pure water could be obtained, and the best means of introducing and distributing it. They presented specific estimates of the cost of works...
Page 31 - In comparing the two remaining sources with each other, it will be seen that the supply from Long Pond will cost $268,288 more than that from Spot and Mystic Ponds, the quantity of water brought into the city by the works provided in either plan, for the first ten years, being nearly the same. The works as proposed from Long Pond to Corey's Hill however, will have an important advantage over the works...
Page 48 - To the plan of pumping up water by steam power, in whole or in part, for the supply of the City, I object, as it entails forever on the City, the care, trouble and expense of maintaining this power, and of supporting perpetually an establishment for carrying on its operations. The supervision of the work ; the agents, engineers, overseers and assistants, which such an establishment will require ; the maintenance of...
Page 78 - Gardens, near the palace, had increased to such an extent, that it became absolutely necessary to ascertain the cause ; and] having taken the proper steps, I found the pipe was contracted by incrustation.
Page 59 - Pond lies below the level of high tides, these tides now flow into and out of the Pond, and a dam across the outlet must be erected, to shut out the tide waters and retain the fresh. " The effect of building such a dam, will be, in my opinion, to fill up, in some degree, the channel of the river, and produce serious consequences to the inhabitants of Medford, who would, I think, successfully resist any application made to the Legislature for authority to establish it.
Page 48 - ... and the stock and tools which must be kept on hand and in order, together with the necessary provision for a certain supply of fuel at the engine station, let it cost a great or small sum, will impose on the city government, such constant watchfulness and care, as to make it a toilsome and perplexing duty, and ought. therefore to be avoided.
Page 55 - The difference in cost, being $268,288, in our opinion, deserved, and it received our attention, and had its due influence upon us, though by no means paramount, or indeed equal to that produced by our greater confidence that the supply, by the plan recommended, will not be subject to interruption by any event which seerns to us in the least degree likely to happen.

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