Hackensack Water Company Warns Patrons of Famine Danger
That the various municipalities supplied by the Hackensack Water Company are in imminent danger of a water famine because of the lack of rainfall during the past three months is the gist of a letter sent to the heads of the various municipalities in New Jersey, served by that company, by D. W. French, superintendent. The letter requests the people to conserve as much as possible on their consumption of water, so as to tide over the present dry spell without a serious water famine. Superintendent French points out that the supply reservoirs of the company are filled to capacity at present, but to make this possible the storage reservoirs at Oradell and Woodcliff have been drawn upon to make up the shortage. The two storage reservoirs have a total capacity of 2.000,000,000 gallons, 180,000,000 gallons left for emergency purposes. According to the water company official the daily water flow of the Hackensack river (from which the company secures its water supply) in normal times is 100,000,000 gallons, but at present is only 15,000,000 gallons, due to the total lack of rainfall in the Hackensack valley during the past three months. When it is realized that the residents of the communities supplied by the Hackensack Water Company use a daily average of 35,000.000 gallons of water, the necessity of conservation to avert a serious famine is readily seen.