History of the Huddersfield Water Supplies (1939) - Chapter XI
History of the Huddersfield Water Supplies (1939) by T.W. Woodhead
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STATISTICS AND FINANCE.
AVERAGE CONSUMPTION OF WATER PER DAY FOR ALL PURPOSES, 1928–1938.
|Year ending March 31st||Domestic||Trade||Compensation||Total|
The high consumption of water for the year ending March 31st 1929, was due to the prolonged frost which caused a large number of pipes to burst and the waste water was very considerable. The low consumption of water for the years 1931 to 1935 was due to cutting down the supply on account of drought. In 1934, from July 31st to November 5th, compensation water was reduced by half-a-million gallons a day.
The supply of about 28 gallons per head for domestic purposes is considered ample to meet local needs. Mr. H. Shortreed of the Leeds Corporation Waterworks Department, who has given much attention to the problem, regards 25 gallons per head per day of the population, can be looked upon as a fair average quantity and need not be exceeded if due attention be given to the prevention of waste. In many towns this amount is greatly exceeded. He concludes that "big consumptions were waste and not use." The consumption per head in the Huddersfield District of Supply is 27.97 gallons.
GROWTH OF WATERWORKS UNDERTAKING AT INTERVALS OF TEN YEARS.
In addition to the above quantities, 3,043,559 gallons of water is paid out from the various reservoirs as compensation, not including the Longwood Compensation Reservoir. This amount is varied in times of drought, as in 1929 and 1934.
|Total capital expenditure down to 1918||£1,831,611 0s. 6d.|
|Total capital expenditure down to 1928||£1,990,935 10s. 5d.|
|Total capital expenditure down to 1938||£1,959,317 0s. 8d.|
|Net outstanding Debt 1938||£1,494,500 0s. 0d.|
|Annual Revenue||£172,363 0s. 0d.|
|Surplus Profit||£18,278 0s. 0d.|
|Reserve Fund Balance||£109,031 0s. 0d.|
STATISTICS OF COUNTY BOROUGH AND DISTRICT OF WATER SUPPLY.
|Area of County Borough before extention in 1936||11,875 acres|
|Population, 1931 Census||113,475|
|Rateable Value, 1936||£847,394|
|Area of County Borough after extension, 1937||14,149 acres|
|Population (Estimated mid-year 1937)||123,030|
|Rateable Value, 1938||£946,648|
|Area of District of Water Supply (150 ft. O.D. to 1,244 ft. O.D.)||51,824 acres|
|Total Capacity of Reservoirs||1,715,000,000 gallons|
|Total Capacity of Service Reservoirs||11,918,937 gallons|
|Yield from Catchment Area (based on three dry years)||10,488,660 gallons|
|Houses supplied by Waterworks Undertaking||54,768|
|Population supplied Borough||115,869|
|Population supplied (1938) outside the Borough||50,258|
|Average number of houses added to mains for last nine years, per annum||995|
|Domestic Consumption of water per head||27.97 gallons|
|Average daily consumption for domestic and trade purposes||6,620,976 gallons|
|Average daily quantity of compensation water||3,043,559 gallons|
|Total daily needs — 1938||9,664,433 gallons|
|Length of trunk and distribution mains||426 miles|
When the Digley Reservoir is completed, the present supply will be supplemented by about 600,000,000 gallons, in addition to which will be available the adjoining Bilberry Reservoir with a capacity of 67,000,000 gallons. There will then be a supply of approximately 2,396 million gallons, including the Service Reservoirs.
COUNTY BOROUGH OF HUDDERSFIELD CENSUS POPULATION
Supplied by Dr. J.M. Gibson, Medical Officer of Health.
Notes and References
- Of which £31,586 was for Parliamentary expenses in connection with same.
- Includes the district of Longwood which was added in 1890, and had a census population in 1891 of 5,406 persons.
- Estimated population mid-year after extension of the County Borough in 1937.