Issue 16 and Volume 24.

FIRE AND WATER PHILADELPHIA’S councilmen are stil divided as to what line of action they shall adopt, so as to supply the citizens with an abundance of potable water. There is a strong party in favor of surrendering the whole matter into the hands of a private company, while others, backed by Chief Trautwine and Director Thompl son, are in favor of the city owning and controling its water supply, pumping machinery, and filtration plant, and of such a system of filtration and extension of the water supply being adopted as should enable the city to utilize to a greater extent the waters of the Delaware river. Director Thompson is in favor of taking immediate steps in this direction, and of an appropriat. tion being set apart at once to provide for the filtration of the water at Lardner’s Point on the Delaware river and at Belmont on the Schuylkill…

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