It may be assumed that company water, under ordinary circumstances, is above reproach in the matter of purity, though not a few systems do not include any provision for softening the water.
An intermittent supply implies that the day's water must be stored in a cistern of ample capacity for meeting the maximum demand the household may make upon it. Cisterns at all times are evils that are best avoided.
The service pipes should be laid deeply enough to preclude injury from frost. The house piping should be guarded from frost, by keeping it as far as possible in the inside walls, and, where necessary, protecting it by a boxing filled with non-conducting material. There is no gre ater nuisance to the householder than leaky taps.the supply company also re-g ar ds them with equal disfavour, since they mean waste of water, hence the pattern of tap is required to be approved by the company. In spite of this, however, leaky taps are far too common, and the cause usually is cheap and faulty construction.
Diagram of hot-water system with tank reserve.
The defect of this system is the great length of pipe between boiler and reservoir