THE WATER QUESTION AT MANITOWOC.
The Herald of Manitowoc, Wis., furnishes the following in regard to the waterworks situation at that place: Developments, resulting in the checking of the movement for the building of a municipal waterworks system, without dealing for the purchase of the existing plant, were considered by the city council of that place and a resolution was adopted providing that no further steps be taken by city officials of committees in testing for water or in any other way advancing the waterworks plan, until such time as the special committee had conferred with the officers or the Manitowoc Waterworks company on the question of purchasing the existing plant. The legality of the appropriation of $50 for test wells was also objected to. The council twice rejected the rulings of the mayor, refused a recommendation to cut off the hydrant rental of the water company and declined to consider the report filed by the mayor and other officials on the water test. The system has been attacked all along the line, beginning with Surveyor Unger, who reported that the pumping machinery was capable only of maintaining eighty pounds pressure, and Health Officer Steahle, who recommended that the river intake pipe be permanently closed, because of danger to public health from this source. Chief Kratz and Mr. Jorgenson also stated that the pressure ranged from sixty-two to seventy-eight pounds, when the requirements called for too pounds. In connection with the report, the mayor read a letter from the law firm of Verril, Hale & Booth, Portland, Me., stating that the bonds of the local water company were held in that city by people of moderate means, who were alarmed by reports. The reply of the mayor told of the test, and declared it unsatisfactory and reviewed the steps taken by the city to secure a municipal plant.