The Unfiltered Water of Pittsburgh

The Unfiltered Water of Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh, Pa., Chronicle-Telegraph expatiates editorially on the benefits conferred by a copious rainfall upon that portion of the Greater Pittsburgh population living outside the zone of filtered water. It points out that while: “The drinker on the southern side of the Allegheny turns with disgust and scorn from the substance that oozes through the pipes in the unfiltered section, but to your true Alleghenian it is both meat and drink, and he thankfully gulps it down. He thus satisfies thirst and hunger between meals, and when seated at the table he enjoys (with the addition of a little flavoring) coffee of nature’s own making, the warmed-up rich brown liquid that comes to his home through the pipes that were originally intended to supply clear water for consumers. Indeed, it is a matter of common report and belief that, with the aid of a few pinches of salt, an expert chef can make a very tasty beef or rabbit stew—it depends on the season—out of a potful of the stuff just as it comes from the pipes in times of high water. But it is not to the inner man alone that this so-called water brings joy and comfort on the North Side. There are many gardens in that section, and long ago the gardeners discovered that much rich soil is washed down from Allegheny valley farms by heavy rains, and this, after coming through the pipes, is carefully gathered and spread over the gardens, resulting in a bountiful harvest of green truck. True, there arc some disadvantages which North Siders experience in times of floods and freshets, for a scraper has to be used after taking, a bath, and sand has to be combed out of the hair; but, taken as a whole, the dwellers on the North Side have much to be thankful for, and cheerfully agree that the benefits greatly overbalance the damages.”

An extension of time, till July 24, to file answers to twenty-three quo warranto proceedings instituted against that many water companies by the State of Pennsylvania has been granted. On June 7 the state filed sixty-seven suits, and in all but twenty-three instances answers have been filed,

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