Water Famine in North Jersey

Water Famine in North Jersey

Despite the rains of late, the water situation confronting the residents of Butler and Bloomington, N. J., still continues serious. While most of the residents were able to obtain a limited supply of water, this soon stopped for those on the highlands, while for those in the lower parts of the towns the supply was quickly reduced to a dangerous minimum. Mayor Wittack, of Butler, last week confessed that he did not know what could he done to increase the water supply. failing a continued rain which would flood the reservoirs. He said he is appreciative of the danger that exists through the possibilty of fire, and said he and other residents are hoping nothing will happen until the water supply has been brough back to its normal state. “If a fire breaks out. practically all we could do would be to stand and watch it burn, unless we could pump into the mains the water used in the several factories and use this to extinguish the blaze,” Mr. Wittack said. “The reason this is not used in the present emergency is because of the opposition of the State Board of Health, which objects to dirty water being pumped into the homes for family consumption.”

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