A New Water Company to Supply South Jersey.
An ordinance is pending at Camden, N. J., naving for its purpose the providing of an auxiliary water supply to come from the South jersey Water company. The offer by this company discloses its existence and something of its plans are as follows:
The concern is said to control 120,000 acres of a natural watershed in the lower part of Camden county in the vicinity of Atsion. Murtha P. Quinn is president, and Henry D. Hughes secretary and treasurer. Both are Philadelphians. Rumors has it that this concern purposes not only to give Camden a supply of water in addition to its present system, but eventually, the entire territory between Trenton and Atlantic City.
HAVE IMMENSE SUPPLY OF WATER.
With respect to its capability to supply water, it is said that its holdings, which include the estate of Joseph Wharton, of Philadelphia, situated on the natural water shed of South Jersey, not only has an inexhaustible supply from artesian wells, but, in addition, 200,000,000 gal. of water can be had daily from the ponds and streams in that vicinity.
If Camden takes up with the scheme, which will cost at the rate of 5 cents per 1,000 gal. of a supply to be not less than 5,000,000 nor more than 30,000,000 gal. daily, the company is reported to stand ready to spend at once $11,000,000 in the construction of its plant, with an additional subsequent expenditure of $10,000,000. The financial backers are heavily interested in water plants elsewhere and are at present supplying the district between Torresdale and Frankford.
If Camden finds the plan feasible, it is proposed to build a canal from Atsion to Jenning’s mills, the highest point between Camden and the sea, where an immense reservoir will be constructed. This will have a height of 200 ft. above the sea level and will be adequate, it is declared, to give Camden sufficient pressure through natural gravity. The pressure will be 100 pounds to the sq. in., sufficient to enable the firemen to reach the highest building.
While it is primarily the object to use this water merely as an adjunct to the present artesian system and especially for the use of manufactories, it is planned to build this auxiliary system in such a way that it can be used for domestic purposes as well. This would only be in the event of some accident to the artesian plant. The water that the company agrees to furnish is declared to have been analyzed and found palatable and fit, as far as purity is concerned, for household uses.