POLLUTION OF THE WATER SUPPLY OF BROOKLYN.
Once more the subject of the pollution of the sources of Brooklyn’s water supply has come up, and the latest news is that the board of health of that city has been directed by the State board of health to take action to eliminate the nuisances which, it is alleged, are the causes of pollution to the Brooklyn water supply in the neighborhood of Durland’s pond in the town of Jamaica.
As it happens, the alleged polluted source is no part of the present supply, but has been cut off for the last six months. It is the same old case of pollution at Springfield which was described some time ago in these columns. The city does not own or control any of the territory adjoining the stream above the Springfield pond pumping station, [and the stream itself passes through the village of Springfield and adjoins the main highway, which is at points thickly populated. Drainage from the houses and grounds passes directly into the stream and,as the population has increased, attempts have been made from year to year to abate the increasing nuisance. The use of the Springfield pond has been cut off since April 23, and a well is being driven to take its place. Chief Engineer I)e Varona adds that the Baiseley’s stream, which had previously been subjected to the conditions now present at Springfield, was cut off during the year 1894, and has not been used since.
The only point (he claims) which really and seriously menaces to-day the purity of our water supply is at Hempstead, where we are obliged, at times, to use the waters from Horse brook, passing through the centre of Hempstead village. Plans for the abatement of the nuisance at this point were prepared during 1896; bids for the work were opened on January 19 of this year; and the contract was awarded. The work could be undertaken and carried out at once, but has been delayed for nearly a year, owing to the failure of the comptroler so far to certify the contract.