Elizabethtown Water Company Asks Approval of Improvement
The Elizabethtown Water Company and affiliated companies supplying Elizabeth and towns in Union, Middlesex and Somerset counties, New Jersey, made application to the State Board of Conservation and Development September 4 at the board’s office in Trenton for approval of plans which will practically double the water supply of the companies. The petition was presented by’ Frank Bergen, counsel for the companies and president of the Plainfield-Union and Middlesex Companies. The companies have recently acquired a large tract of land at the junction of the Millstone and Raritan Rivers, in Somerset county, for the purpose of developing an additional water supply there. A 36-inch main has been laid from Bound Brook to Elizabeth. and they have obtained a right of way for a main from the junction of the rivers to the terminus of the Elizabeth line at Bound Brook. The systems of mains of the various companies are all connected so that in case of emergency the relief supply may be diverted to any part of the territory covered by them. The improvements will cost approximately $1,500,000, it is estimated. The estimated capacity of the proposed system will be a minimum daily output of 25,000 gallons, which in itself will exceed by 5,000,000 gallons the present daily flow of all the plants in the present system. Should the need arise, it is believed that this supply could be raised to 50,000,000 gallons daily. Plans have already been drawn up for the installation of the new system, the construction of a huge reservoir and the construction of a pumping station. It is estimated that the work will require one year for completion. The places that would be affected by the erection of the new plant are: Elizabeth, Linden, Clark, Linden Township, Hillside, Plainfield, Fanwood, Cranford, W’estfield, Mountainside, Garwood. Kenilworth, Roselle, Roselle Park, in Union county; North Plainfield, Raritan and Warren in Somerset, and Piscataway. Chrome, Woodbridge and Roosevelt in Middlesex county. The five companies represented in the petition are: The Elizabethtown Water Company, the Plainfield-Union Water Company; the Middlesex Water Company, Raritan Township Water Company, and the Piscataway Water Company.