TO INCREASE THE WATERSHED OF NEWARK.
The water department of Newark, N. J., is reported to be seriously discussing the advisability of purchasing Split Rock pond as an addition to the present storage capacity in the Pequnnnock watershed. The pond and about 1,600 acres round it are owned by the East Jersey Water company, and a reservoir could be created there not [quite as large as the Echo lake reservoir. Split Rock pond is in Rockaway township, Morris county, and receives drainage from about five square miles of countryside. Although in the Rockaway watershed, it would be, it is said, comparatively easy to divert the outflow to the Pequannock valley and intake. At present P. J. Flynn, the contractor for the Jersey City water storage system, possesses the rights to the drainage from the pond; but, as it would contribute little water to the reservoirs he is building for that city near Boont on, it is believed his rights can be purchased by Newark without any special difficulty.
In addition to Split Rock pond, it is said that the water department is looking after other ponds to increase the storage capacity of the watershed, which has been proved by t he experience of the past summer and fall to be far short of the quantity represented by the East Jersey company.