HUDSON RIVER WATER FOR NEW YORK

HUDSON RIVER WATER FOR NEW YORK

It is stated authoritatively that the special commission appointed to inquire into sources for the future water supply of New York has decided to recommend the Hudson river between Poughkeepsie and Hudson as the most available. William H. Burr, Rudolph Hering, and John R. Freeman comprise the commission on additional water supply. They were appointed by the mayor and the board of estimate and apportionment, which at the same time set aside for their use $100,000. There is another unexpended fund of $60,000 available in part for the work of the commission. All of this money will he used this summer, as the commission now his its plans made for pushing the work through. While the commissioners have not announced what they are finally going to recommend, it is safe to say that they regard the Hudson as the most feasible source of supply. The commission is now making up its preliminary report, and an engineering party is out. with instructions to find the distance up the Hudson that salt water finds its way. This tide limit is known to he a few miles north of Poughkeepsie. That is the point from which the city will eventually take its water, conveying it through covered masonry aqueducts to pumping stations much nearer New York. From these pumping stations the water will he forced into reservoirs and thus made available for handling as needed. Part of the scheme is to have a system of reservoirs in the Adirondack’s to reinforce the Hudson’s flow during the hot summer months when the river is low.

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