THE DETROIT WATER DISTRICT PROJECT.
In Detroit a plan is under consideration to form a metropolitan water district, embracing all of Wayne County east of the River Rouge, and supplying purer water and more effective sewage disposal means for the one million inhabitants of Detroit and its environs. This project was recently the subject of discussion at a meeting of which was attended by Detroit members of the Legislature, the Board of Commerce Committee, City Council Committeemen and others interested. The plan is strongly advocated by Alex Dow, of the Water Board, and the board adopted a resolution which was sent to the Charter Committee of the City Council. To make the project possible the City Council must approve the plan and the Legislature must pass an enabling act, and it was stated that the full engineering details of the plan would not be worked out until the exact wording of the enabling act is known. Only the fundamentals of the plan have been formulated in advance of the drafting of the definite proposal to be submitted to the people, but in a general way Mr. Dow and others believe that an extensive district should be erected, that the present plant should be enlarged and that the sewage and water districts should include the same territory. Mr. Dow has stated that advantages of the plan are that it would combine a number of small, inadequate, detached systems of water supply into one large district, and that as the growth change must come in time it may be far better to have it come before the growth of Detroit is crystalized around the present systems. He points out that the district proposed is a natural one which can all be easily served by one large system and more effectively than by half a dozen systems, and he further stated that he did not want to be understood as saying that pure improved water will not come without this change, for system or no system, the city must have better water, but that by far the best and most economical plan of water improvement is to obtain a large district such as proposed.