THE ONEIDA WATER PROJECT.
A proposal to form a special water district including Oneida, N. Y., which city is making plans with a view to securing an adequate water supply, and several other places, does not seem to meet with general approval in Oneida, according to local newspapers, because of the difficulties it would put in the way of consummating the plans to bring to that city soft water in good quantity. It is stated this water district idea means that there would have to be special legislation at Albany, and the people of each place interested would have to vote favorably upon the plan before it could be put into operation. If any place rejected it the whole plan would fail. It is considered far simpler for Oneida to go ahead with its own W’ater project and to secure from the Legislature authority, if it desires to do so, to sell water to Canastota or other places. In commenting upon the matter the Rome, N. Y., “Sentinel,” said: “These Madison County villages need a pure supply of soft water and it is a problem, mainly of expense, to find a way to furnish it to them. It will cost considerable money, but Oneida has given the subject enough investigation to know that there is no physical barrier to supplying the great need. She has plans well matured and a project which is full of merit. It is to take water from Florence Creek, which is a tributary of Fish Creek, entering the latter about a mile below the Rome water dam. Oneida would get practically the same quality of water as Rome now gets from Fish Creek. Her quantity would depend upon the size of her conduits, reservoirs and distributing pipes, and also upon the storage provided along the stream. One thing Oneida ought not to do under any circumstances is to make a mistake which some towns have made of building too small a conduit or too small reservoirs.” The Rome newspaper points out that after a good supply is obtained the consumption of water is apt to be greater than figured in advance and likewise the revenues from the sale of water arc likely to be greater, and concludes by saying: “That has been Rome’s experience and Rome’s experience suggests to her neighbor that, in whatever Oneida does, she would better provide liberally for the future, for the future will be here sooner than she expects. Rome did that and never was sorry for doing it.”