Jersey City Water Contract.
The New York and New Jersey Water company (a branch of the East Jersey Water company and owing allegiance to it) which supplies Bayonne with water, has filed a bill in Chancery to compel specific performance by the mayor and aldermen of Jersey City of a contract entered into on December 30, 1902. This contract provided for a mutual exchange of water by Jersey City and the New York and New Jersey Water company in the event of breaks in the mains of either or other exigencies which might cut off the water supply. It is charged that since about October, 1905, Jersey City has not been complying with its oart of the contract: but that, on the contrary, its mayor and aldermen have been combining with various persons and conspiring to defraud the complainant corporation from enjoying the advantages of its contract. It is alleged that the authorities of Jersey City have been making an attempt to induce the authorities of Bayonne to repudiate their contract with the water company and to purchase their supply from Jersey City. The bill charges that Jersey City has been fraudulently contriving to bring this about by representing to the Bayonne authorities that the com plainant cannot adequately furnish a water supplv in time of temporary interruption of its service. The complainants assert that they have always lived tip to their part of the agreement: but that Jersev City, in furtherance of the alleged scheme to compel Bayonne to purchase its water from that municipality has been habitually violating both the spirit and letter of the agreement. It is charged that not only have the Jersey City authorities refused to meet promptly requests for water, but. when the valves have been opened, they have kept the pressure so low as to supply only a small part of the demands in Bayonne. This has been done, it is charged, at times when Jersey City had an abundant supply and no valid reason for refusal to comply with the request.
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