The Wanaque Water Supply

The Wanaque Water Supply

A Newark paper says: The appointment of an advisory committee of financial experts to confer with the Bloomfield, N. J., Town Council and the municipal affairs committee of the town Board of Trade in arriving at a decision whether Bloomfield shall enter into a contract with the State Water Supply Commission for use of the Wanaque supply, was recently decided upon at a meeting of the Board of Trade. The advisory committee is to be selected by President David W. Miller from list supplied by presidents of the town banks and heads of the five building and loan associations. The recommendation was made by Assemblyman Seymour P. Gilbert, because of the financial questions involved. The discussion on the water question was participated in by Engineer Morris R. Sherrerd, of Newark, who had been asked by Chairman Clarence Van Winkle of the municipal affairs committee to give an outline of the commission’s plans. This was the first time that direct information had been secured by the Board of Trade on many details of the project. The fact that the town has a contract with the East Jersey Water Company that does not expire for nine years was admitted to be the problem to be considered in case it will be possible for the State Commission to distribute water five years hence, which Mr. Sherrerd said is anticipated and all the contracts with the municipalities be signed this year. For Bloomfield not to be able to secure use of the supply until four years later would be unfortunate in case the town enters into a contract now. Mr. Sherrerd was asked whether it would be possible to have the contract with the private corporation modified should the town adopt the Wanaque scheme, to which he replied that the only possibility of this was through action by the State for a readjustment of the contract. Bayonne, it was said, is in a similar position, having a contract that docs not expire for fifteen years. Nothing can be promised now by the State Commission in relation to the East Jersey contracts, Mr. Sherrerd stated.

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