NEED OF HASTE.
Says the New York Evening Post: “Despite the great savings to be made by checking the water-waste in this city, it has long been known that some radical action to obtain additional water for the needs of the city could not be long postponed. This was the excuse for the attempt to push through the Ramapo bill of 1891), and it is the reason why the Low administration has from the first made a very careful study of the question of additional water sources. The preliminary report of the Burr commission to investigate new supplies, just given to the public, is one of the first fruits of the attention given to this vital matter. Its absolute disregard of the Ramapo hills, whose waters were deemed so necessary to our welfare only four years ago, is due to a warning from the corporation counsel that practically endless litigation might ensue, should this State attempt to draw water from the territory of New Jersey. But the Burr commission finds three other ways of obtaining more water, front the Catskills, from the upper tributaries of the Hudson, and from the Hudson itself at or near Hyde Park. That the cost will he great was to have been expected: but, if the need is sufficient, the money will he forthcoming. As the commission estimates that additional water can be obtained in five years only by the most energetic measures, there is plainly not a moment to he lost in adopting a comprehensive scheme. * * * The city is the gainer by having so definite a recommendation to act upon as that which the Burr commission makes in favor of drawing upon the eastern tributaries of the Hudson.”