Famine Danger for New Britain
The proposed tunnel supply of the Burlington Water System at New Britain. Conn., was the cause of the water board recently appearing before the city council. Chairman Rossberg said there is really no more water now coming into the city than there was in December, 1910, when Shuttle Meadow lake was down to four feet and a famine threatened. The introduction of meters has helped to conserve the supply, it is true, but the extension of the system and the increased amount .of water used bv the factories offsets this conservation. The rainfall in this locality varies from sixty to thirty inches, he said. He recommended the issue of bonds to cover the cost of the proposed work ajid the purchase of the necessary land. City Engineer W. H. Hall said that the tunnel will be about 5,000 feet long. If the rock is in such condition that it will not need lining, the $325,000 estimated will not be spent, as the estimate includes the complete lining with concrete. He prophesied a water famine if the matter is not pushed to completion.
Charles P. Cook has resigned as superintendent of the water plant at Dover, N. J.