Leadership

No Scarcity of Water in New York.

Issue 22 and Volume 44.

No Scarcity of Water in New York. While many of the dwellers in the Hudson valley suffered excessively from the lack of water caused by the recent drought, no scarcity was experienced in New York. The Croton watershed reservoirs were, every one, all filled to overflowing after the last winter and spring rainfall, which was above the average, and Brooklyn and Queens boroughs were equally fortunate. Whatever difficulty was experienced was in the borough of Richmond, which is dependent on itself for its supply of water. Ample provision has been made for the wants of New York city (apart from the borough of Richmond), in the Croton watershed are nine several dams, a tenth is being constructed—the aggregate storage-capacity being about 100,000,000,000. The visible supply might have been much greater—would have been greater, if there had been two other storage-reservoirs to catch the overflow as was proved by the fact…

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