NEW YORK’S WATER SUPPMY.
In an editorial which appeared some time ago in the New York “Tribune,” the idea of a water famine having recently been imminent in this city is laughed to scorn. The article goes farther; it as much as denies the possibility of such a thing. It advocates the dual system by supply, one for drinking and domestic purposes; the other for fire-protection and other uses. It says :
“ New York to-day has one of the purest and most abundant water supplies in the world. It is ample for all legitimate present uses. It. is not imperilled by any conceivable drought. It will be when the great works now under way are finished, sufficient for the needs cf the city for manyyears to come.
“ What is needed more than any further extension of the aqueduct system is the enforcement of a reasonable economy in the use of water. It is perfectly well known that millions of gallons are daily wasted in the most wanton manner. The thousands of grogshops, fer example, are serious offenders. In each of them a constant flow is maintained, unchecked and untaxed by any meter. In many stables the use of water for carriage washing is three times what is really necessary. There are innumerable other sourcesof waste, wholly unjustifiable. If these were strictly regulated, the saving of water would be enormous, and no one would suffer from it in the least. The city ought to supply to its inhabitants every drop of water needed for the amplest possible use for health and comfort. It ought not to permit, so far as it can prevent it, the wasting of a single drop.
“When ultimately the vast growth of the American capital does make an increased supply imperative, it may be well to take into consideration the dual system, which has been adopted in Paris and other cities, and which has already been suggested here. A very large proportion of the water consumption is not for drinking or cooking or bathing purposes, but for purposes for which a less scrupulously pure supply would serve equally well. Seeing this, the engineers of Paris have laid a double system of pipes, one carrying pure spring water, the other water taken from the Seine. For street sprinkling and washing, for the use of the fire department, and for many manufacturing purposes, the latter is just as good as the former, and the saving of expense is very great. It would doubtless be easy to procure a similar secondary supply for New York; in which case the vield of the Croton basin for household purposes, woufd be ample for this city’s needs fora century to come.”