SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, PA.
The Westmoreland Water company, of Greensburg, Pa.., has filed a bill in equity in the courts at Union town to restrain the Mountain Water Supply company from any further interference with the waters of Indian creek, Springfield township. A similar bill has been filed against the same company on behalf of the Penn-Irwin, Hemfield, Ludwick and other water companies of Westmoreland county to which pipe lines were recently laid. The plaintiff companies set forth that the waters of Indian creek belong to them by right of eminent domain, and that they appropriated the stream, or so much of it as is in Fayette county, at least, on April 27, 1904. Since that time the Mountain Water company has built large dams along the creek, and laid pipe lines to Scottdale and other points in Westmoreland county. It has also bought considerable land along the stream for reservoirs, etc., and even now there are several damage suits pending on account of pipe lines. The court is asked to restrain the company—in reality, the Pennsylvania Railroad company—from any further interference with the natural flow of the stream, and from taking the water.
Injunction proceedings by which the Rogers Park Water company is seeking to prevent an invasion of its territory by the city of Chicago have been begun in the Circuit court. The company has made a plea that the city has for years harassed it by threatening to parellel its mains and make its plant and business worthless. The action is begun, it is declared, because the Chicago officials plan to expend $100,000 in a system of waterworks in Rogers Park.