Fort Edward Needs New Water Works
The board of trustees of Fort Edward, N. Y., has engaged William L. Sherill, of Hudson Falls, to rehabilitate the water system. Mr. Sherill had charge of the water system of the Hudson Falls Spring Brook and Water Com pany for several years. The trustees engaged him for a period of three months at $150 per month. Within this time Mr. Sherill will make an inspection of every house in the village supplied with water by the municipal system, and, besides making a record of all faucets and taps, will see that the same are kept free from leak and in proper repair. The water system of Fort Edward was installed more than 20 years ago. up to a few years ago the supply was so abundant that the most free use of it was enjoyed excepting during the driest seasons of the year, when it was prohibited for use in lawn and garden sprinklers. But last year the supply was si low that at many times during the summer the water did not run through the pipes on upper Broadway, and to prevent a famine in that part of the village the pipe line of the Hudson Falls Spring Brook and Water Company was extended to that section of the village. It was then seen that action should be taken to obtain a supply of water sufficient to provide the entire village throughout the year, either through a different source or by repairing the old system. M. G. Barnes, of Albany, an engineer, was hired by the trustees to go over the available sources and make an estimate of the expense and feasibility of the various sources. But before taking any steps toward building a new system the trustees feel that the most economical and wisest thing is to try to repair the old system and so have hired Mr. Sherill for the purpose.
Engineer O’Shaughnessy, of San Francisco, C al., who has been making a study of the water situation, says that the Spring Valley Water Company should install meters to stop the waste of water and preserve the limited supply. Several million gallons a day that now run to waste, according to the estimates, could he supplied to residents who are suffering on account of a scarcity of water.