Report on Atlantic City, N. J. Water
A special committee of the Atlantic City, N. J., Chamber of Commerce has issued in pamphlet form a report on the city’s water supply, stating that it is “from all points of view one of the best in the world.” A chemist’s statement is contained in the pamphlet.
“The water used in Atlantic City is shown by chemical analysis and microscopic studies to have the highest health conserving qualities,” says the report. “It is free from injurious foreign materials and carefully protected from pollution by control and careful scientific inspection, by local and State authorities, of the territory surrounding its source. Digestive disorders never arise from the use of Atlantic City water, and typhoid fever or other diseases from this source are unknown. In the light of what has been said, the water of Atlantic City meets every essential requirement, because the supply is abundant, contains only a minimum amount of foreign matter and is protected most carefully from contamination. At least thirty of the large hotels have driven to a depth of 844 feet through sand, shale, gravel and clay, their own artesian wells. For the general use of the city, 5,000,000 gallons of pure water come daily from 23 artesian wells located on the mainland at Absecon. It comes from two strata at 150 feet and at 200 feet, respectively, below the surface. A wine gallon of this water contains only a fraction over two grains of inorganic matter and these salts are absolutely inert even when taken in larger quantities. An additional supply comes from cedar forests and a lake.”
The City Council of Kelso, Wash., has decided not to hold a special election to vote on the question of buying the Independent Electric Company’s water system.