Shortage of Water at Chicago.
Chicago, with millions of gallons of Lake Michigan at its doorstep, is going to be short of water this summer. This was the statement of City Engineer John Ericson, after issuing orders to the various park boards to shut off all avenues of waste. Hundreds of residents during the day appeared in person or telephoned complaints to the city hall, asserting that no water flowed through the faucets in their residences. Shortage in water prevailed in all sections of the city, but the north side and the extreme southern portion suffered most. Orders to watch for violation of the sprinkling ordinance were issued to the police department, to the bureau of engineering and to the bureau of water. All park boards have been notified that they can use only water actually necessary. Fountains will have to be shut down, and, if possible, water for street sprinkling purposes in the park district will have to be obtained from other sources than the citv main.