A WATER SUPPLY SUGGESTION.
Tanners at Peabody, Mass., finding, it is stated, the city unable to supply them with as abundant a supply of water to use in the making of leather as they desire, have asked the city of Salem to sell them one million gallons of water per day and it is stated to be likely that Salem will accommodate them. This has given rise to a suggestion in a Salem newspaper that ten years from now, or perhaps fifteen, Salem, Peabody, Beverly and Danvers will want more water and then will come further organization of the water departments of the several communities and that at that future time the several sources of water supply, including the Ipswich river, may be consolidated into a series and they may supply water into mains that will run to the several communities of the North Shore district and perhaps even to Wenham and Hamilton and other places that now have no water systems or inadequate systems, and perhaps even to Marblehead. In connection with the possibilities of such consolidation it has been suggested that the pumping stations might be consolidated in one station, and the station located on the water front of Salem or Beverly, where it ca 1 get coal right from the steamers. The several pumping stations now in service could he discontinued, and the expense of maintaining them, and of hauling coal to them, would be saved. Also, there would be a saving of labor, and other reductions in fixed charges. Furthermore, such consolidation of the water supply systems of Salem and its neighbors would provide more water at less cost. When the question of consolidation of the water supply systems comes up ten to fifteen years from now, many, Salem newspapers say, will argue against it, saying it would be better for each water department to maintain its individual service. The question of such consolidation as that suggested is one that would have to be given close study by all the municipalities affected. There may be much to be said on both sides but as the suggestion is made that one that might come up in ten or fifteen years the arguments that would be presented now might well be passed over as the next decade may bring about changes that cannot be foreseen and we know not of what character.