Bayonne Water Problem
The industries at Bayonne, N. J., have been agitating a better water supply. To meet their demands it was proposed that the city purchase the plant of the New York & New Jersey Water Company. This proposition was voted down on July 31 last, and the question of again submitting the matter to the people for a vote is now a subject of legal discussion, as it is held, under the commission form of city government, six months’ lapse must intervene before the needs of consumers is urgent and the manufacturers who are all users of large quantities of water have formulated their demands as follows: (1) That the city commissioners requisition the proper state authorities for the right of diversion of 15,000.000 gallons of water per day until 1922 and 20,000,000 gallons per day from 1922 until 1929. (2) That the city commissioners serve notice upon the New York & New Jersey Water Company that it will require 15,000,000 gallons per day. (3) That additional mains under the tracks of the Pennsylvania and Lackawanna Railroads and the Hackensack River crossings he provided so that the capacity of the entire main will be adequate to supply 15,000,000 gallons per day. (4) That the water company be required to furnish a pressure of forty-five pounds to the square inch at peak load. (3) That condemnation proceedings be instituted by the city to acquire the right-of-way and property of the New York & New Jersey Water Company.
Lockport. N. Y., is now considering the solution of the problem of how best to secure an auxiliary water supply. About twenty years ago the city expended a half million dollars for its present water system. Several months aeo the state department of health notified the local water board that the city should make some provision for afeguarding the health and property of its citizens in the event that breaks might occur in its main water supply force main extending from the Niagara River at North Tonawanda to Lockport. The Water Board decided upon the storage reservoir plan as the most expedient method, but when the city engineers’ estimate on a 56.000,000,000 gallon basin was given as about $165,000, without the cost of the site, the project seemed doubtful. Renewed investigations as to use of canal water are under way.