Company Dynamites Ice Dam That Pollutes Supply

Company Dynamites Ice Dam That Pollutes Supply

The residents of a half dozen New Jersey communities served by the Commonwealth Water Company were seriously inconvenienced by the muddy water recently issuing from their faucets for about two weeks. The forming of an ice dam across the Passaic river caused the river to overflow its banks and cover an area of 2,000 acres, including 1,200 acres belonging to the water company in the Canoe Brook territory. In this area are the artesian wells from which the company draws its supply, the water as it is drawn from the wells being discharged into masonry chambers built over a pipe conduit. thence flowing by gravity to the pumping station. The top of the chambers is about five feet above ground and provided with a cast iron cover, in the centre of which is an ordinary manhole cover perforated for ventilation. The flood water rose to such a height that these covers were overflowed and the water entering the chambers in that way, mixed with the well supply and reached the distributing mains. Superintendent McKane informed the health authorities and a warning was issued so that consumers should boil all drinking water. As the ice dam seemed disinclined to break up of itself, 150 pounds of dynamite were employed and the dam was effectually disrupted so that the flood quickly subsided, after which the company had all the mains flushed. The supply was then clear as before the trouble began.

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