CLAIMS FOR USING LAKE ONOTA WATER.
A claim against the City of Pittsfield, Mass., for damages for taking water from Onota Lake has been filed by the Berkshire Woolen and Worsted Company, through James R. Savery, its treasurer, the company claiming that it is the owner, proprietor and has exclusive control of the waters of the lake for all purposes and claiming damages for encroachment on its property. Recently Onota Lake water was pumped into the Pittsfield City mains for several weeks, the city’s water supply being at the time inadequate for its needs owing to drought. Three years ago Onota Lake, known then as West Pond, was officially “taken” by the city for water purposes twice, and used for six months each time. It is asserted that according to the law, it is necessary to take possession formally each time that the city desires to use water from the lake and the Berkshire Woolen and Worsted Company, recognizing this law, has put in its claim for damages.