THE WATER SITUATION IN BROOKLYN.
The committee on water supply of the Manufacturers’ Association of New York, has sent in a preliminary report on the water situation in Brooklyn, which states that public fountains are cut off; horse troughs are empty; shipping is not supplied; street sprinkling has been discontinued; and there is a diminished supply of water in closets in public schools. There is barely one day’s supply of water ahead of the demand, and that, too, is of a quality dangerously near the lines of contamination and disease. That is the condition in Brooklyn (the report points out) while only fifteen miles away abundance of pure water is running to waste. Three years ago a contract was made for a sixty-six-inch steel conduit for less than $1,000,000, which would have relieved the situation. Today a substitute contract for a forty-eight inch cast iron conduit, costing over $1,000,000, still awaits the signature of somebody to go into effect, and even after that signature is attached it must be expected that there will be a period of at least six months before any relief will be had, and eighteen months before its completion.
The committee, through its chairman, Charles N. Chadwick, recommends action as follows:
First—To appear before the board of estimate and apportionment and such other proper authoriti es as may have charge of the matter, and demand the appopriation of a sufficient sum of money to complete the repairs to the Milburn reservoir; to provide for the development of such additional pumps or stations in connection with this particular plan as shall be necessary to complete the work properly, in addition to that appropriated for the contract for the construction of the Milburn conduit.
Second—To request the proper authorities to set aside a certain section or tract of land in Forest Park for an additional storage reservoir.
Third—To appear before the legislature in the interest of the repeal of the excessive and dangerous special powers of the Ramapo charter, and the restoration of the water rights of New York city.
Fourth—To support the engineering department of water supply in its legitimate efforts to secure for the borough of Brooklyn an adequate supply of pure water.
Former Mayor Charles A. Scbieren said there was the same cry of a water famine when be was in office, and there was no doubt such a danger existed now. He advocated the placing of water meters in factories, but not in tenementhouses.
The report of the committee on water supply was adopted.
Ten thousand buildings in Jersey City, N. J., are not connected with water mains, and, therefore, do not contribute a cent to the expense of the water department, while expecting fire protection.