Salt Lake to Increase Supply
Salt Lake City, Utah., is about to set the example not of touching the mountains so that they shall smoke, but that they may pour out water from the streams that lie hid in their depths, and do not reach the surface, so far at least as concerns the district around the city. The streams that flow down the mountains not being sufficient for the future use of the city and irrigation combined, any more than the more ambitious schemes for impounding the water, the attention of the city has been turned toward tapping the mountains. The process has been resorted to in one case, with the result that a daily flow of 200,000 gallons has been obtained. Recourse will be had to similar operations in the case of other mountains, and if the reports of miners in all directions are to be credited, it would seem as if the mountains around about Salt Lake City are, so to say, honeycombed with living and inexhaustible streams which will more than satisfy every want for generations yet to come.
The first tunnel that was driven was in Emigration canyon. Its results were highly satisfactory. Now a tunnel of a larger bore is to be driven into a formation that appears one likely to be productive of hitting upon still more copious streams. In two cases streams were found where streams were so powerful as to resist even the force of the dynamite which it was attempts d to drive into the crevices so as to enlarge them still further. If only for the purpose of irrigation, many hundreds of acres that now lie unproductive for lack of water, such results as those above are in every way desirable.