Bad Outlook for Westchester Water.
That if all local water supplies in Westchester county, considered practicable at the present time, are developed, nevertheless they will be exhausted by 1917 or 1918 at the latest, is the conclusion reached by the state water supply commission in its report made public recently. “It is clear,” the commission says, “that the situation in Westchester county is extremely serious and is only saved from being desperate by the good nature and humanity of the New York City officials. How long this good nature may be depended upon or how long New York City will be permitted to share its water supply is a problem for the Solution of which the people of Westchester county cannot afford to wait.” In its conclusions the commission says: “There should be immediate and concerted action on the part of the Westchester county municipalities to obtain temporary relief. There should be immediate and concerted action to obtain adequate future supplies.” For these reasons the commission recommends the enactment of this legislation : “Providing for the creation of a metropolitan water and sewerage district composed of all that part of Westchester county lying south of the towns of New Castle and North Castle, subject to confirmation by a vote of the inhabitants thereof, and conferring upon the state water supply commission power for the distribution of local sources of water supply and directing their development. In such a metropolitan district the individual municipalities will not lose their identity; also, providing for a special election. at which the question shall be submitted to the voters of said metropolitan water and sewerage district ”