Leadership

THE LESSON OF THE QUEEN LANE RESERVOIR

Issue 23 and Volume 21.

THE LESSON OF THE QUEEN LANE RESERVOIR AS was expected, the Supreme court of Pennsylvania has finally decided that the city of Philadelphia must pay the balance due on the contract price for the buiklingof the Queen Lane reservoir. In equity the citizens are hardly treated by this decision. To be compelled to pay for a leaky, million dollar reservoir, which could not hold water (if it can even now) till it was relined at the expense of the taxpayers is, indeed,a burden. But for many of the faults in the construction of this reservoir the city’s own board of public works was responsible, and it had besides authorized the changes in contract specifications which resulted in what was not only an imperfect piece of work, but also a miserably bad bargain for Philadelphia—one, however, for which the city was as much to blame as the contractors. These last had…

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