Water Litigation at East Orange.
A suit, based on the recent decision of the New Jersey Court of Errors, upholding the principle of reasonable use by a land owner of subsurface water, was instituted in the Su preme Court in behalf of Mrs. Mary Ward, of Livingston township, against the city of East Orange and the Commonwealth Water and Light Company. The plaintiff claims dam ages in the sum of $20,000 for the diverting of water from her premises, comprising twentythree acres. The present action is subsequent and has a direct bearing on the case of Frank Meeker against East Orange, where the court of last resort decided against the city. It is alleged on the part of the plaintiff that prior to the driving of wells by the defendants sev eral springs on the property of the plaintiff were active and sufficient for domestic purposes. When the defendants drove their wells below the plaintiff’s land the springs on her property dried up and are now of no use. The plaintiff, it is further stated, when it appeared that her property was to be damaged by the operations of the defendants, offered to sell the land to East Orange, but purchase was declined. When the decision in the Meeker case was announced, a basis of action was established.
Altoona, Pa., receives from its water supply system 1,715,000 gallons of water and consumes daily 3,000,000 gallons. The deficit of 1,384,560 gallons comes from storage reservoirs, which contain a supply of 51,133,000 gallons. Altoona is figuring how long it will take to reach the water famine stage.