Jersey Towns to Have Water Supply.
In an order directed to the Tintern Manor Water Company, the board of utility commissioners of New Jersey, has laid down certain rules defining the conditions under which it believes a water company should be required to extend its mains for the purpose of supplying the wants of a community. Subject to these qualifications the board has ordered the Tintern Company to extend its mains to supply a number of residents and provide fire protection in certain parts of the township of Eatontown, Monmouth county. In explaining rules applicable to the case, the board held that when it is doubtful if the financial condition of a company will warrant the original expenditure, a sufficient annual income should be guaranteed to insure a reasonable return. The board held a fair rule would he a guarantee of at least 10 cents per lineal foot per year for the new mains for five years. The revenue from all consumers, the board declared, should he included in making up the total. When extensions are demanded for fire protection, the hoard held, citizens along the line of the mains ought to contract for at least the minimum required by the company, providing such minimum is just and reasonable. In the Tintern case the testimony disclosed that about twenty-five houses in the neighborhood needed fire protection, and it was shown that at a recent fire a building was burned to the ground while the neighbors looked on helpless. Notwithstanding these conditions on a canvass only five of the twenty-five house owners agreed to enter into a contract to take water, the total of such contracts being $56. The cost of laying the mains would be about $1,722. In these circumstances the board thought it proper that the company should receive some assurance of a fixed income in consideration of extending the mains. It ordered, therefore, that provided contracts amounting to at least $246 a year for five years were guaranteed the company should extend its mains within three months.