THREATENING SITUATION AT MARQUETTE.
The water board of Marquette, Mich., has addressed the council on the condition of the city’s water supply.
It calls attention to the unsatisfactory nature of the last few reports on the city water. It hardly believes it possible that there is contamination by sewage, yet admits that it is possible, and suggests that the council direct its attention to the sewage aspect of the matter. The question is referred to the council for two reasons. First, the board cannot extend the intake, even if it were judged advisable to do so, because of its inabliity to raise money until faults in the law as it now stands are remedied. In the second place, the board believes that the sewage matter is one that will soon have to be taken up, and that therefore it might as well be considered now, when suspicions concerning the water furnish a reason for immediate action.
All sewage is now emptied into the harbor, the water of which is alive with dangerous bacteria. This water is imperfectly retained by the breakwater. Under certain conditions of wind it is blown into the lake and in the direction of the intake, the mouth of which is not much more than half a mile away from the end of the breakwater. In addition there is doubtless a considerable seepage of contaminated water through that structure.
It is believed that, if all the sewage was emptied at a point on Lake street—say, at the gas plant, as suggested, the current which sets south and east along the bay shore would carry the dangerous matter so far away that there would be no chance of its infecting the water. This plan, in conjunction with a plant for the treatment of sewage, which the board also suggests, promises to be efficacious in removing the sewage menace, at least. The board advises that the council employ an expert on sanitary problems to make a thorough report on its practicability.