Providence May Not Take Scituate Water

Providence May Not Take Scituate Water

The Special City Council Committee on a new water supply for Providence, R. I., will engage an expert on municipal water supply problems, and possibly two or three experts, to go over the entire situation and determine if there is any other source of supply which can as well be made use of for the city as the Scituate plan which the committee recommended. The committee has ordered that purchases of land by the city in the Scituate district be stopped in the meantime. Committee members denied that this development meant the abandonment of the recommendation regarding Scituate, where there is opposition to the place. “What this decision means,” said Chairman B. Thomas Potter, in explaining the matter “is that the committee is openminded on the whole proposition. If there is a better place for this city to go for water than to Scituate, we want to know it, and if Scituate is, as we believe, by far the best place, we want our belief substantiated. The committee is thoroughly convinced that the Scituate plan is the most feasible and desirable of all that have been maintained, and our experts, Samuel M. Gray and Mr. Stearns, are of the same opinion. There has been criticism of the recommendation from other sources, however, on the ground that it is a ‘one-man’ scheme. If the experts we propose to engage report that Scituate is the place for us to go, then no one can call it one man’s idea. On the other hand, if they find a better place, we are willing to be shown.” Up to the present time the city has purchased something over 1,500 acres of land, including a number of farms, in the district.

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