The Paterson Reservoir Decision.
At present a leading phase of the whole development of the Greater New York water system is the effort being made for and against what is known as the Patterson reservoir as a means of increasing the utility of the Croton watershed. An injunction to prevent the aqueduct commission from building the Patterson, N. Y., dam is now before the court for its final determination, and a decision is expected soon. If the commission is sustained work will go for word at once, for the surveys, because of special permission, were not wholly suspended by the preliminary injunction. There are now two parties of surveyors at work near Patterson, with a crew of fifteen men. Borings have been made where the dam may be built, about four miles to the southeast of Patterson, at I)e Forest Corners, to the Craine residence, to the west. The eastern end of the dam will be, if it is built, within a half mile of the Connecticut State line. The result of the new dam at J)e Forest Corners and the earthen dam to the north of Hinckley’s pond would be to gather for the city’s use most of the surface water that now is either lost or in times of flush supply goes over the many dams to the south. The new Patterson reservoir would take in about four thousand acres of rich bottom land, wipe out the business section of Patterson and compel the Harlem Railroad to remove its tracks to the westward. The new reservoir would add about 20.000.000,000 gallons to the city’s reserve supply of water, or sufficient for sixty days.
It is expected that the new Croton Falls dam will be completed by November 1. so that water may be stored there. Very little has been said about the construction of this new storage place. It will, when completed. add 14.000.000,000 gallons to the city’s supply. Rut the completion of this dam will not mean the completion of the works as planned by the aqueduct commission.
A year at least will pass before the diverting basin, south of Brewster, will be ready for use. The dam about two miles south of that town will check the water in the east branch of the Croton river as it comes down from the East Rranch and Bog Brook reservoirs and divert it through a channel now under construction to the Croton Falls reservoir.
For a long time the construction of this diverting channel, 3,700 feet long, was held up by the failure of the contractors, the Croton Falls Construction Company, to get the right of way under the tracks of the Harlem Railroad. Engineers of the road were up there last week, and it is believed that the right of way will be obtained in a short time. On either side of the track the channel work has been progressing so that the approaches under the track arc about the only stretches not completed.
F. S Cook, acting chief engineer of the aqueduct commission, is with his staff of engineers near the village, which is just below the dam. most of the time. There is no conflict of men in that branch of the service, as the contractors are not engineers and do not maintain a force to help them, depending altogether upon Mr. Cook and his men. The contractors have had much experience in building sewers and are pushing the w’ork now with great vigor. They have said that but for the drawbacks experienced with the town of Brewster and the railroad they w’ould have been able to finish well within the contract time, and as it is the dam will be in shape to hold water as soon as it was expected to be.
With this reservoir holding water the supply possible to store in the watershed containers will be 98.483,000,000 gallons, which, with the water stored in The Bronx and Bryan watersheds, will give the city a supply of 102,000,000,000 gallons. This would be increased by 80,000,000,000 if the Patterson reservoir should be built. With the latter filled with water, city officials say, the completion of the Cat skill supply could be looked forward to with complacency, as even if there should be delay the city would he safe from a water famine,
Elgin, Tex.—The waterworks of this city has been completed and accepted by the city’s committee. It cost $27,661, and bonds for $30,000 were authorized to defray its cost. These, with the premium, brought $30,703, leaving a comfortable w-orking balance on hand.