THE PROPOSAL OF THE SCHUYLKILL VALLEY WATER COMPANY.
Philadelphia may possibly have to reentertain the idea of receiving its water supply through the Schuylkill Valley Company or other some private company. The propects of a sufficiently large sum of money being forthcoming at once for a filtration plant seem to be very hazy, and the citizens do not relish the notion of having such a work done by instalments. The sum of $3,000,000 which the councils propose to devote to filtration purposes is generally considered to be altogether inadequate; so that if the expenditure on supplying potable water is likely to be so heavy, the popular mind is inclining to the idea that some such offer as has been made by the Schuylkill Valley Company is too advantageous to let slip. That company proposes to construct a complete water system for supplying the city with water from the rivers Delaware and Schuylkill, etc., consisting of storage basins, filter beds and aqueducts, and offers to assuie the city by means of said system a supply of water adequate to the needs of the city, but not exceeding a maximum of 475,000 00O gallons daily. The company will build a system of three storage basins and reservoirs, above Norristown, of a total capacity of not less than 18,000,000,000 gallons upon, and adjacent to the Schuylkill and its tributaries, ft will also build two sand filters—one for Schuylkill and one for Delaware water; a conduit thirteen feet, six inches in diameter, to carry 400,000,000 gallons every twentyour hours, from the Schuylkill river filtration plant to existing numping stations, with proper intakes and connections,and 375,000,000-galion reservoir at,or near Wentz farm. The maximum quantity of water which the company is required to supply (including that derived from present sources)is 400,000,000 gallons per day from the Schuylkill river and 75,000,000 gallons per day from the Delaware. The time of completion of the various works proposed under this ordinance is as follows: Three bil libn gallons storage within eighteen months; 5.000,000,000 gallons additional within one year thereafter; IO,CK>O,OOO,OOO gallons additional within one year thereafter. The filters arc to be erected within three years six months, and the conduit is to be completed within three years six months. The rate of compensation is to be as follows: Two hundred thousand dollars per annum on completion of 3,000,000 gallons’ storage at the end of eighteen months; $150,000 per annum on the completion of the Delaware filter in three and one-half years and the new Wentz farm reservoir; $300,000 per annum on completion of the 8.000,000,000 gallons’ storage (two and one-half years total); and $500,000 per annum on the completion of the entire system;$t.85 per million gallons for cleaning filters—the payments to be made from the surplus revenues of the bureau of water. I he company shall at its own expense restore the streets and highways to a proper condition, and shall also restore and relay any existing line of water,gas, electrical,sewers, or other properties of the city. It shall deposit annually $35,000 with a trust.company for maintenance and repairs to plants. A bond or security shall be entered in the sum of $1,000,000, which may be increased to $3,000,000. The plant becomes the property of the city at the end of fifty years.