Catskill Water in Two Years.
Mayor Gaynor on his return from a tour of inspection of the new Catskill water system last week, issued the following statement: “I have been devoting much time to the water of the city in the last two months,” he said, “as much as I possibly could. The Croton water system ran very low last year We started with 101,000,000,000 gallons in storage, and ended in December with only 32,000,000,000. This year we started with only 52,000,000,000 gallons in storage If this summer proves to be as dry as last summer you can see where we will end as well as can. I do not want to alarm anyone, but I should hate to see the boroughs of Manhattan anti the Bronx put on a half ration of water. Over in Brooklyn there is no shortage whatever Owing to this shortage, the great question is to get the Catskill simply into the city mains as soon as possible The main thing standing in the way in the Catskill work is the track of the Ulster Delaware Railroad Company. It runs right through the basin of the proposed reservoir, and across the dam at two places. Until we get that railroad out of the way the dam and the reservoir can never he completed Having gone all through the matter, it is my belief that if we now get the railroad out of the way by a settlement. we can have the Catskill water in the city pipes in two years I went all along the line of the aqueduct from the proposed reservoir to the Hudson river at Croton, and went down the shaft 1,250 feet, where the aqueduct goes under the Hudson, and went into the tunnel as far as it is driven. On the other side of the Hudson the aqueduct is being built in sections.”