MORE WATER FOR LONG ISLAND.
Since November 5 the borough of Queens has had an additional supply of 4,000,000 gals, of water daily, and, as soon as a number of the driven wells of the Citizens’ Water company at the Douglastown station can be connected, the supply will be raised to 5,000,000 gals. Of this water 1,000,000 gals, will be furnished by the pumping station No. 2 of New York city at Stein way, which is connected with the mains of Long Island City. This station has been thoroughly reconstructed after its destruction some years ago by a boiler explosion; new and deeper wells have been driven and new pumps installed. For some days before the supply was furnished to the public, these pumps were kept at work till all the sediment was got rid of, and there remained only a stratum of pure sand. The principal supply comes from the Citizens’ Water company’s new pumping station at Alley ponds, where the fifteen 8-in. driven wells of some 300 to 400 ft. have reached a stratum of pure waterbearing sand of from 30 to 40 ft. deep, the water from which spouted 15 ft. above the surface of the ground. These wells will furnish 8,000,000 gals, daily, when needed—it supplies 3,000,000 gals, at present, and, if more wells are driven. 20.000,000 gals., it is estimated, can be supplied. It is claimed that 2,500,600 gals, of pure water are now going to waste every day from Oakland Park at Bay Side. That lake is city property, and in the near future sufficient land round it will probably be purchased to protect it from contamination: A pumping station will also be built there, and by means of that supply the city will be able to furnish 4,000,000 gals, daily to the growing sections of Flushing. College Point. Whitestone and other portions of the borough. Meanwhile the shortness of water that has so long been felt in Long Island City and Newtown will be relieved.