Leadership

NEW WATER SCHEME FOR NEW YORK.

Issue 14 and Volume 36.

NEW WATER SCHEME FOR NEW YORK. Commissioner Oakley’s new water supply scheme, formulated by his acting chief engineer, Mr. Birdsail, is really a mere revival of an old one, put forward by the Low administration. It will be recalled that Mayor Low’s commission reported in favor of getting water from both sides of the Hudson, at and above the Highlands. It was first to be taken from the east side, to wit, from Dutchess country, and afterwards the system was to be extended to the west side, the Esopus and other regions. Now Commissioner Oakley drops the east side part of the scheme, apparently frightened off by the Dutchess county opposition, and proposes to go directly to the west side of the river. That is to say, he would pass by the nearer and go to the more distant sources. It may be that this is wise. But it will…

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