The Mayor of Paterson Objects.
In his annual message, after discussing the water supply question and the city’s water supply contract from various standpoints, Mayor McBride, while endorsing the policy of State conservation of water sheds, declared the action of the State Water Supply Commission, in refusing Paterson’s application for permission to acquire a section of the Wanaque watershed, unreasonable. In this connection the mayor said: “A number of neighboring communities are in the same position as we are. If sufficient of these communities can he induced to join with us, and the necessary legislation secured. I believe the State Water Supply Commission will change its present policy of refusing any additional or new supply to any municipality. A supply in common with other municipalities jointly obtained and operated could be more economically used and maintained than if our city secured and maintained such supply alone. I am now consulting with other interested communities upon this subject in the hope of obtaining their co-operation, and thus bring about, without further delay, the expressed will of our citizens in the ownership of a municipal water system. In the mean time we shall have to continue to obtain our water from’ the Passaic Water Company.”