TO PURCHASE WATER WORKS PLANTS.
Commissioner Dalton, of the department of water supply, of this city, has been instructed to make an examination of the affairs of the companies which supply water to various districts within the city boundaries, with the view of reporting to the board of public improvement upon the advisability of purchasing the stock of these companies by the city. The matter has been started by President Grout of the borongh of Brooklyn. Within the territory embraced in the greater city, there are as many as six water companies. These supply portions of Westchester, Flushing, Jamaica, Long Island City, and even portions of the old city of Brooklyn. Complaints have been made by citizens about the inadequacy of tbe supply furnished and the high rates charged. It may be added, however, that the city is at present in no position to buy out these companies or the contracts they have made, as it cannot issue bonds to pay for such stock. The estimated cost of the plants is set down at $5,000,000 at least. It must also be remembered the companies in question have nojconnection with the Ramapo Water Company, the purpose of which is to supply water at high pressure as a supplemental service to high buildings. This company has not yet got a franchise, but the city’s board of public improvements, it is reported, is considering its application.