Philadelphia’s Water Supply

Issue 14 and Volume 68.

Philadelphia’s Water Supply The expected report of the commission appointed by Mayor Moore of Philadelphia to consider the water situation of that city has been made and in spite of its rather broad recommendations has evoked no surprise from those who have knowledge of water conditions in the Quaker City. The rather desperate situation that the city finds itself in respect to its water supply is not a matter of sudden discovery. Rather it has been a slow deterioration covering years, resulting from a mistaken policy of false economy where the expenditure of a small amount yearly with proper foresight would have saved the city millions. Furthermore, this policy has not been the result of ignorance on the part of the powers that be, for one who should know better than any one else the necessary steps to be taken—Carlton E. Davis, chief of the Water Bureau—has not ceased to…

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