POLLUTION OF NEW YORK WATER SUPPLY.
In a letter to the mayor of New York, the City club points out that immediate action should be taken in the way of remedying the serious conditions which obtain on the Croton watershed. The letter quotes the personal experience of Dr. Ernst J. Lederle, chairman of the club’s standing committee on health, and late commissioner of the health department of New York city. Within the last month Dr. Lederle has himself inspected the watershed in, and near Mount Kisco, and reports as follows: “Conditions have grown up at this place which may at any time become extremely dangerous to the water supply of New York city. The water department has probably averted immediate danger by the abatement of minor nuisances and the use of panclosets in those privies that arc near the streams. The closets are under the care of the department’s employes. Such conditions should not be allowed to exist for any length of time, and the property on which they exist should be purchased by the city, pending the installation of a proper system of sewage disposal at this place or filtration of the water.” The club is informed that some question has been raised as to the right of the city to acquire this property because of the provisions of the socalled Apg;ar bill, passed during the last session of the legislature, and known as chapter 738 of the Laws of 1905; and it understands that this question has been referred to the corporation counsel for his opinion. If it should appear that, under the provisions of this act, the city cannot acquire this property, the club would urge that the mayor’s board would request the corporation counsel to advise his honor by what other methods the desired result can be accomplished. The situation is so serious that immediate action should be taken.”
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