Issue 5 and Volume 24.

FIRE AND WATER AT a meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers held at Detroit, Mich., on July 26, Alphonse Fteley, president of the society and chief engineer of the New York Croton aqueduct asserted in his address that “in many of the large sea-coast cities of the country there is only one system of water supply, which is taking too great a risk.” He said that where the density of population was great, “there should always be more than one supply,and that it is to be wondered at that no harm has yet resulted from the single supply system.” This assertion applies directly to the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, each one of which has only one source of supply, and the latter not much of a one at that. WF have already expressed our approval of private fire departments, such as are to be found attached to…

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