Leadership

FILTERING THE PASSAIC WATER.

Issue 12 and Volume 29.

FILTERING THE PASSAIC WATER. A large filter plant is about to be built near Paterson, N. J., for the purification of the Passaic river water. The East Jersey Water company already has at Little Falls, five miles above Paterson, pumps with a capacity of about 6,000,000 gallons daily. These pumps are ordinarily driven by water power, but the works are equipped with steam power also, for use in emergencies. Just now something like 30,000,000 gallons of water is being furnished to Jersey City from Little Falls. But this is a temporary arrangement, which will probably terminate next fall or winter. Paterson gets about 15,000,000 gallons more, and a corresponding amount is divided among Passaic, Bayonne, Harrison, Kearny, West Orange, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Bloomfield, and Franklin. Even when Jersey City becomes independent, there will be an aggregate demand on the Little Falls works for upward of 30,000,000 gallons; and this quantity…

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