WATER FOR WILKESBARRE.
Another source of water supply has been suggested for Wilkes-Barre, Pa., if the proposed municipal works system is adopted. The Glen Brook Water company, which is owned by H. H. Harvey and J. D. Crevelling, controls the supply of water which is secured from Wapwallopen and Pound creeks. The water is pure, clear and soft, and suitable for all domestic purposes. The company states that that is the only stream of water at present available for a new supply within a radius of 150 miles, which has not been appropriated. The Lehigh region, consisting of the Lehigh river, Bear creek. Shades creek, Choke creek, Tobyhanna creek, Tunkhannock creek and Mud run, has been appropriated by the Lehigh Coal & Navigation company. The Scranton company owns everything to the north, and the Spring Brook company owns everything from Scranton to Shickshinny. BloOmsburg takes the water from Fishing creek and Huntington sheds, so that the water supply is practically all taken. These two watersheds, namely, the Netscape and the Glen Brook, are the only ones which are left. The Lehigh Coal & Navigation company can use as much of the water of the Lehigh river as is necessary for it in the pursuit of its business, but no more. This right belongs to the company by virtue of its ownership of lands as the lower riparian owner. But there is no more than a sufficiency of water in the Buck township streams available to supply Wilkes-Barre at the driest season, ‘and this water can be piped there by gravity. This surplus of water can be diverted from its original channel and sent to WilkesBarre. That is another opinion. A third is that the best and only proper supply for Wilkes-Barre is the Dennison township or Nescopeck supply, owned and controled by the Dennison Township Water company. Tt runs through virgin lands and is free from all contamination.