Massachusetts to Study Water Problem
The State Department of Health asks the Legislature for $50,000 to be made available at once for a comprehensive study of the problem of obtaining an adequate water supply. The department is of the opinion that the study will require two years.
“In the years that have elapsed since the Metropolitan District was established,” the department says, “other municipalities both in its immediate neighborhood and elsewhere have reached the point where their local water supplies are either unsatisfactory or unsuited to much further development than that which will meet the needs of the immediate future, and the question of providing water in many of these areas is rapidly becoming a serious one. In certain of these districts there are sources which appear capable of development into excellent water supplies at moderate expense, if set apart for such use in reasonable season, but which may become objectionable on account of cost or for other reasons if their acquisition is too long delayed.”
Prominent among these districts, the report says, is the section of southeastern Massachusetts comprising New Bedford, Fall River and Taunton; the northeastern section, including all of the Merrimac Valley; southern Essex County and the region of the Ipswich river valley, including Lynn, Salem and Beverly; the towns immediately south of the Metropolitan Water District; those immediately west of the district, including Cambridge, Newton and Waltham; and Winchester, Wakefield and Woburn.