VALUE OF ADEQUATE WATER SUPPLY.
Residents of Bedford, Iowa, have been contemplating an improved water supply and recently an expert placed a valuation on the existing system. He estimated it as worth in the neighborhood of $14,000, and he stated that by the time a corporation would purchase the plant from the city and erect a reservoir, the cost would be such that the present revenue from supplying water to Bedford would not pay sufficient dividends on the investment to interest capital. It appears that there are not enough users of city water to pay returns required to keep up a first class system and that most of the residents have wells of their own. It is reported that during the past summer Bedford had a miniature epidemic of typhoid fever caused by impure water, and that in every case the cause was traced to a well. The situation in the town is unique. With its 2,000 residents a first class water works plant should be maintained. Cities of half the population of Bedford nave found municipal water works a paying proposition, and numerous water plants in towns from 500 population up are operated by private capital on a paying basis. Of course, it requires the loyalty and support of the residents. In a town where a typhoid epidemic has been experienced, would not the people loyally support a water plant either privately or municipally operated, when the sanitary and economical benefits to be derived therefrom are pointed out?