TO IMPROVE AKRON WATER SUPPLY.
A local paper of Akron, O., states that “one-third of the streets and one-fourth of the dwellings in that city have no water service, which means that about 7,000 houses have no fire protection, and it is no uncommon occurrence for the fire department to be obliged to watch a dwelling burn down for lack of water to stop the fire.” This statement seems almost incredible when the importance of Akron as a business city is taken into account, and that no step has been taken to improve such a serious condition when the public became aware of it. It is now proposed to make amends for this shortcoming by spending $2,000,000 on improvements of the system, of which amount it is proposed to use more than half a million dollars on pipe extension and $50,000 to increase meterage. No doubt Mr. H. S. Morse, Director of Public Service, will be able to push his plans for the new work to completion when Akron will be raised to a city of the first class, so far as the important branches of its water supply and fire protection service are concerned. An item in another part of this issue gives details of the proposed construction.