PRESIDENT HOLAHAN ON NEW YORK’S WATER SUPPLY.
In his just published report of the board of public improvements of this city for 1900, President Holohan has the following to say regarding the local water supply:
“During the year numerous complaints have been sent to this depart ment by citizens of the boroughs of Brooklyn and the Bronx. There is no doubt that the inadequate supply in both boroughs has worked great hardship, and has exposed certain sections of territory to great danger in the event of fire. So far as the efforts of this board could be contributed to relieve the situation, not a momeut has been lost in indorsing any feasible plan submitted by the department of water supply. The people throughout the city do not fully realize how grave the danger Is. Even with the completion of the Cornell dam and the Jerome Park reservoir during the year 1904 or 1905, which will add an additional supply for Manhattan and the Bronx, sufficient for all requirements until 1908, it is essential that work should commence now to provide a new watershed in some other section of the State. There is now before the State legislature an amendment to the constitution which provides that water bond issues shall not count in any way against the debt limit. If no obstacles are encountered, the relief which this provision will give cannot go into effect for three years to come, so that, if the dangers which have threatened us during the past two years grow, no one can guess what the consequences will be. To relieve the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, the citizens of the Empire city should demand from the legislature the repeal of the law which prevents this city from drawing from Suffolk county water enough to supply the needs of the people. With this law repealed, necessary surveys could be made during the next two years, and, with the ratification of the constitutional amendment,bonds could be issued without deluy and a new supply, from 50,000,000 to 100,000,900 gallons per day, secured.