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Staement showing the air pressure, reduced to sea level ; the temperature, precipitation and the prevailing direction of the wind for each month of
the year 1889, at Block Island, R. I.
WATER WORKS IN RHODE ISLAND.
A very large proportion of the population of Rhode Island, is supplied with water for domestic use from public water works. The further and very large employment of water from the same sources in the various industrial pursuits, in the extinguishment of fires, the supply of public and private fountains, etc., etc., makes the subject of such works of large interest and importance to the citizens of the State.
The importance of the subject, in a sanitary point of view, can scarcely be over estimated, and the usefulness of a public water supply from unpolluted sources for domestic use,'has become the recognized sentiment of a large majority of the people.
Numerous conferences have been held and questions asked at the office of the State Board of Health, in regard to the formation of Water Works Associations, methods of procedure, etc., and always with the inquiry of the location, cost, management, success, and many other particulars respecting the water works already constructed. It is to give some idea of the cost, localities, sources of supply and other items, that the following descriptions, which are not all fully completed to date, are given, which in addition to information obtained by personal solicitation, is much more largely derived from the Manual of American Water Works, edited by M. N. Baker, Ph. B., and published by Engineering News, New York. For extensions of water services et al during 1889, see Reports from Towns, pp. 46–84.
Bristol and Warren Water Works commenced in 1882. This sys. tem includes Warren as well as Bristol, and also Barrington, including Nayatt Point. The source of the water supply, Kickemuit river.