Leadership

More Water Needed in Chicago

Issue 12 and Volume 53.

More Water Needed in Chicago Chicago seems to be somewhat in the position of Coleridge’s “Ancient Mar ner.” with “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” With a big lake at its very doors, hundreds – possibly thousands—of its buildings, whose owners pay the city for water, have to pay a private company for electric’ty to pump it up to the third floor, and this although the people own one of the best and cheapest electric power plants in theworld. That this is not utilized as it ought to be is not due to ignorance on the part of the city authorities, who have been fully instructed over and over again that the present lowpressure conditions would soon be relieved and the cost of pumping reduced by a scientific application of the electric power of the sanitary district to the water department. It is true that the trustees…

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