To Supply Trenton with Water

To Supply Trenton with Water

The New Jersey state, report on the subject of water supply is to the effect that “Camden and Atlantic City will need additional water within five or eight years. Trenton needs it at once.’ To give effect to what is practically a recommendation on the part of the state is is suggested that a dam be constructed at or near the head of the tidewater, where the several streams form Mullica river, and that their waters should be gathered by a back flow into a reservoir at the village of Atsion and forced further up stream or westward, with a reservoir having an elevation of 61 feet to be formed by damning the north branch of Cooper river. From the lower or western end of this (Haddon) reservoir might be piped to a distributing reservoir at Batiste for the supply of the above-named three cities, and other towns and villages. It may be added that this reservoir, situated at the forks of Mullica river is distant only 18 miles from the pumping station of Atlantic City and Absecon.

Either the filtration plant of Toronto, Out., is faulty in construction and of insufficient capacity to do the work expected of it, or those who are in charge of it are incompetent. For 30 hours on end during the heated spell the electric pump was running at a speed much below normal and only about one-third of the city’s water passed through the filtration plant. The superintendent says that the beds are not yet in shape to pass all the water needed. Still he does not think an inspection of the beds or the concrete feed pipe necessary.

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