GUARDING WATER SUPPLIES.
A feature of the unusual conditions in many respects due to the international situation, is the guarding of great water supply systems, National guardsmen doing duty along the Catskill aqueduct to protect New York City’s vast and costly water system from possible danger from cranks. It was announced that the National Guard would be relieved of this policing as soon as the aqueduct police could be augmented to sufficient strength to give the system adequate protection. The Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity of New Yory City has already perfected arrangements for the police to guard the city reservoirs and pumping stations in the event of unusual conditions, and this preparedness reflects the forethought and thoroughness of the department. Another instance of protecting a water supply is that of the metropolitan water system that supplies Boston and eighteen other cities and towns in the Metropolitan disrict in Massachusetts. The Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Board ordered additional guards at the Wachusetts dam, at Clinton, day and night, and Chief Engineer of Water Works William E. Foss ordered superintendents and caretakers of the Wachusctt reservoir and smaller Metropolitan reservoirs at Fayville, Southville and Framingham, and those in Ashland and Hopkinton, to place guards on the dams night and day. Mr. Foss also asked authority to use members of the National Guard in case of need. These examples show official realization of the importance of guarding against any possible danger to this elemental public necessity.