NEWARK’S DRIVEN WELLS.
The contract for the driven wells at Belleville for the supply of Newark, N. J., was awarded on April 27, and the wells were to be completed in six months. The six months expired on October 27. and the fifteen-day final test has not yet been begun. This test should have been started as early as October 12, to bring the final completion of the wells within the six months The wells are now said to be all down, and the men are engaged in putting together the measuring weirs for measuring the water during the test.
The Newark Sunday Call of November 5 says:
The driven well contract was awarded as an urgency contract. It was the final act of the old board of works last spring, just before the board adjourned sine die. So urgent was the matter that Mayor Seymour attended the meeting of the board to attach bis signature to the papers as soon as the contract was awarded. The plea was made that the city would need an additional supply of water, but no part of the supply has yet been available or used, though the plant was supposed to have shown a capacity of 1,500,000 gallons of water in July. At an expense of several thousand dollars the board of works has prepared for the final test, which is now to be made. The old pumps at the Belleville engine house have been repaired and overhauled. A connection has been made between them, and a main laid across the river road to collect the water from the new wells and pump it into the river. The city has had a large force of men at work at Belleville for several weeks. There are in all thirty-six wells. Twenty-seven of them are eight inches in diameter, two, ten inches, and seven are eight-inch wells, driven through ten-inch castings. The wells are on both sides of the road. Ten wells were started east of the road, on the city’s pioperty, south of the pumping station. All but five of these wells were abandoned, because it was thought they were too near the river. Most of the wells on the west side of the river road are on the city property. The contractor has purchased a strip of land forty feet wide and one thousand feet deep, on the west side of the road, directly opposite the pumping station. This will lie conveyed to the city under the terms of the contract. A number of wells have been put down on this strip of ground. In the sinking of these wells rock has been reached from sixty to ninety feet below the surface of the ground. An iron casing is lowered as far as the rock, as soon as the ‘veil is driven to the rock, and then drilling is begun through the rock. It is claimed that no surface water can get into the wells between the iron casing and the rock. No 8 well, one of the new ones put down for the city WJIS abandoned because it was thought to have broken through the rock.