THE NEW CHARTER AND THE WATER SUPPLY
With respect to the preservation of the sources of water supply from contamination and pollution, in order that there may be no possibility of wilful or other offenders escaping punishment, the charter of Greater New York expressty provides that all lakes and reservoirs construction or maintained under the provision of the act of consolidated shall be “subject to such sanitary regulations as the State board of health shall prescribe.”
Brooklyn and 1 ,ong Island City are not forgotten in the charter. Section 517 ordains as follows:
For all the purposes of this act all of the rights, powers, privileges, duties, and obligations heretofore created by law or otherwise of t e city of Brooklyn or of anv of its departments or officers respecting the water works of said city are,so far as they are consistent with the provisions of this act, hereby vested in the city of New York, as constituted by this act, and as matter of administration devolved upon the commissioner of water supply of the city of New York to be by him exercised in accordance with the provisions, directions, and limitations of this act, and all of the rights, powers, privileges, duties, and obligations of Long Island City, or of any or either of its departments or officers,or of any town, village, or district ir. any of the territory hereby annexed to the corporation heretofore known as the mayor, aldermen, and commonalty of the city of New York, and by this act consolidated into one city, in respect to any of the public water supply thereof, the sale and distribution of the same are hereby vesud in the city of New York, and for the purpose of administration are hereby devolved upon the said commissioner of water supply of the city of New York to be by him executed pursuant to the provisions, directions, and limitations of this act. Section 518 explains the powers of the commissioners appointed under the act of 1883 as to new work and defines the limit of their term as follows:
Nothing in this act contained shall be deemed or construed to repeal or in any wise affect chapter 490 of the laws of 1893. entitled “An act to provide new reservoirs, dams, and a new aqueduct with the appurtenances thereto for the purpose of supplying the city of New York with an increased supply of pure ,and wholesome water,” or Ihe sever d acts amendatory thereof; but the said act and its amendment shall remain in full force and effect, provided that the commissioners therein specified shall not hereafter begin the constitu tion of any mw work, except such as may lie properly and nevess irfly apputttnant to work, the construction of which has been be^un before the date upon which this an takes effect. The term if office of the commission appointed rnd existing urwleri’e aforesaid act shall cease ami determine on the first lav of |ai -uary, 1901, and thereupon all papers, documents, and revon s in possession of the aqueductcommls-lon shall be delivered (o t ic commissioner of water supply w ho shall continue and complete in ihe manner provided by ihisacl all work of every kind and discription whatsoever left uncompleted by said commis sion.