Jackson May Have to Take Water from Lakes
“The time is not far distant,” said Superintendent R. H. Moth, of the Jackson, Mich., city water works, “when the increase of population will compel the city to go to some of the nearby lakes for a water supply, and in my judgment the matter should be brought to the attention of the people of the city at once, that they may begin to give it consideration.
“An artesian water supply is always somewhat uncertain. I do not mean to intimate that there is immediate danger ot Jackson waking up some day to find itself without a water supply, but it is well to know actual conditions.
“Our city water comes from the Marshall sandstone, and the available supply is tapped by scores of private wells as well as by the city system. The demands of the very hot and dry season last summer almost equalled the supply of about four million gallons a day, as every one knows, and to increase the supply we drilled additional wells, tapping the water-bearing rock a mile and a quarter up the river. We hope to get an additional supply of four million gallons from these wells.
“Now, there has been a steadily increasing consumption, from 1,730,000 gallons daily in 1886 to 4,083,480 gallons in 1918, and it is the experience of most cities depending upon an artesian water supply that the ground water lowers gradually until the supply finally gives out. Last summer our city wells were lower than ever before, and we certainly have reason to look forward to greater and greater demands for water. Every factory and every home added to the city of Jackson means an added demand for water.”