Issue 13 and Volume 39.

WATER-WASTE IN NEW YORK. It is claimed that 23,000,000,000 out of 115,000,000,000 gallons of the Croton supply of water are lost every year to New York city by avoidable waste. Engineers, reputed as experts, state that nearly one-third of the water in the large reservoir in Central Park is wasted by leakage through its broken inner lining, and never passes into the city mains. This reservoir is on high, ground and so near Fifth avenue that any considerable leakage from the eastern section would naturally flow underground, east of Fifth avenue and north of Seventy-second street, where there have not been any natural underground water courses. In that neighborhood the cellars are so constantly wet that tile drains have been carried to the sewers from the bottom of west walls that have been previously covered with cement. All the water seems to come from the direction of the big Central…

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