To Guard Illinois Waters Most Jealously.
A new law has just gone into effect in Illinois which imposes additional labor upon the state water survey and making an appropriation therefor. Following is a copy of the bill, which has been signed by Governor Deneen:
Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the state of Illinois, represented by the general assembly: That the state water survey, heretofore established at the University of Illinois, shall, in addition to the duties heretofore imposed upon it. be authorized and instructed to employ such field men as may be necessary to visit municipal water supplies and inspect watersheds, to make such field studies and to collect such samples as are necessary, to analyze and test the samples and to make any investigations to the end that a pure and adequate public water supply for domestic and manufacturing purposes may be maintained in each municipality, to make sanitary analysis, free of charge, of samples of water from municipal water supplies or from private wells, collected according to the directions of the state water survey, and to report the result of such examination to the board of health, superintendent of waterworks, other officer or officers of the water department of the city, village or incorporated town, or to citizens by whom the samples, respectively, were collected.
Sec. 2. That the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) per annum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the state treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be used for the payment of salaries or other compensation of the assistants and employes and for such other expenses as may be necessary for visiting municipal water supplies, inspecting watersheds, making field studies, and collecting and testing samples of water, and for making any investigations that will show how to best obtain or conserve an adequate supply of pure water for domestic and manufacturing purposes in every section of the state.
Sec. 3. That an annual report of the work of the state water survey and such special reports as may be necessary shall be published.
Sec. 4 That the auditor of public accounts is hereby authorized and directed to draw his warrant on the treasurer for the amounts herein appropriated, payable out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, upon the order of the board of trustees of the University of Illinois, attested by its secretary and with the corporate seal of the university; and no installment subsequent to the first shall be paid by the treasurer, nor warrant drawn therefor, until detailed accounts showing expenditures of tbe preceding installments have been filed with the auditor of public accounts; and, provided, further, that vouchers shall be taken in duplicate, and the original of duplicate vouchers shall be forwarded to the auditor of public accounts for the expenditure of sums appropriated in this act.