WATER FOR CHIHUAHUA.
Chihuahua, Mexico, is to have a $500,000 water system, with a supply of 15,000,000 litres per day. The big new dam will be built next year, according to the plans and specifications prepared by Manuel Marroquin y Rivera, C. E., who has charge of the $12,000,000 system now being put in for Mexico City. Governor Creel has just instructed the mayor and council of the city to purchase or condemn the twenty-one water rights on the Chuviscas river, on which the dam is to be built. The river will then be fenced in on both sides, and kept dean, so as to keep the water pure and healthful. The old aqueduct is to be enlarged to greater capacity, and the present water mains and sewers are to be extended. A pumping plant is now being put in to furnish a temporary increase of the water supply. This is the third water system for as many cities in the State which is being started under way by Governor Creel in the little over a year he has been the chief executive. Juarez was first, and Parral is now advertising for bids, the contract for the latter to be let on January 15. the work on it to begin in February. 1906.
The New York Tribune dubs as “sheer nonsense the opposition manifested by the districts outside of New York city—especially those up tlie State—to Mayor McClellan’s water commission recommending the Catskills and not the Adirondacks as the future source of the city’s water supply. It points out that “there is the best of authority for believing that New York could take its additional supply front Suffolk county, without perceptibly diminishing the local supply; that it could get its water from Dutchess county, without disturbing local industries: and that it can take what it wants from the Caskills, without harming that region. It is certainly not likely to go to the Adirondacks for its supply, when it can get just as good a supply in the Catskills in half the time and at half the cost.”