Jersey City Water Contract.

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.

C. R. HENDERSON, WATERLOO. IA. Mem. Finance Com. A. W. w . Assn.

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JERSEY CITY WATER CONTRACT.

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JERSEY CITY WATER CONTRACT.

P. H. Flynn, of the boroughof Brooklyn, N. Y., who in February last was the lowest bidder fora 50,000,000 up to 70,000,000-gallon daily supply of water for Jersey City, at a price too high to suit Mayor IIoos, was the only bidder last week in answer to the advertisement for new bids.

Mr. Flynn’s figures were as follows: Source of supply Rockaway river at old Boonton, one large reservoir, area of watershed 122 1-2 square miles, water to be delivered by gravity to Jersey City, for a plant capable of delivering 50,000,000 gallons daily, $7,395,000. If bought in five, ten, or fifteen years the price will be $7,995,000. Fora 70,000.000-gallon supply, for the completed plant, $8,745 000. If on a five, ten. or fifteen year basis, $9 245,000, The price of water, from 45,000,000 to 70,000,000 of gallons daily will be $20 per million gallons.

Under Mr. Flynn’s second plan,which provides a water supply from the same river, but with three large reservoirs and the area of the watershed to be I2t square miles, the figures are-

For a 50.000.000-gallon plant, on completion, $7,395,000. If bought within five, ten, or fifteen years, $7 895,000. For a 70,000,000-gallon plant on completion, $8 850,000; if on five, ten, or fifteen year basis, $q 350,000. The price per million gallons, from 45,000,000 ta 70,000.000 daily will be $20.

Plan No. 3 of Mr. Flynn is an informal one and the supply is from Pompton river, the area of the watershed being square miles. The figures for this plan arc: For a 50,000,000 gallons supply on completion of plant the price is $6.750,000; if on a five, ten, or fifteen year basis $7,150,000. Fo*a 70,, ooc-gallon daily supply the price of completed plant is $8 050,000; if bought on five, ten, or fifeen year basis, $8,500,000. The price per million gallons, from 45,000,000 to 70,000.000 gallons daily is $15.

This offer was referred to a committee of the whole, which will hold public hearings and possibly make an inspection trip. The possibilities are thought to be in favor of Mr. Flynn’s bid, although none other was sent in.