A WATER COMMISSION FOR NEW YORK.
On the request of Commissioner Monroe, of the department of water supply of New York city. Mayor Low has appointed three expert engineers, having no connection with, and being altogether independent of the city government, to study and report upon available resources for an increase of water supply for Greater New York, and the best means of preventing waste. The appointees are as follows: Professor William Henry Burr, Columbia college, Manhattan, New York; Rudolph Hering. New York: and John R. Freeman, of Providence, R. L
In his letter appointing the commission Mayor Low says that “it is intended to ask these engineers to give all the necessary information with reference to every available watershed in sufficient detail to enable the city to know, as to each one, how much water can be had, how long it will take to get it, and how much it will cost per 100,000,000 gallons. With this information in hand it ought to be possible for the city authorities to decide what is the best thing to do. The commission will be instructed to give equal attention to the stoppage of waste. There is no disposition to undervalue the importance of such an inquiry as to waste; but it is clear that both branches of the industry should be carried on at the same time. Any enlargement of the water supply of New York upon a scale that will suffice for the growth of the city even for a few years, will demand a large outlay of time, even after the plans have been developed and adopted. Any saving that can be made by the stoppage of waste will also take time and cost a great deal of money, and the plans, even when prepared and adopted, can be carried into effect only gradually.”
Prof. Burr is a constructing engineer of wide experience and great ability. He has recently served upon the Isthmian Canal commission. The high reputation borne by Messrs. Hering and Freeman is well known. Each has, besides, recently made the subject of the water supply of this city a special study. _