WATER NOTES FROM NEW JERSEY.
Correspondence of FIRE & WATER ENGINEERING.
Newark is now using about 35,000,000 gals, of water daily. It has been contended that under the law creating the State water commission, the city would have to pay this commission for water taken in excess of this sum. The eighth section of the new act requires every municipality, corporation or individual now diverting the waters of streams or lakes, with outlets, for the purpose of a public water supply, to make annual payments for all such water hereafter diverted in excess of the amount now being legally diverted. Attorney-general McCarter has sent to the commission his view’s about the law. riie gist of his opinion is contained in this clause: “In order that there should be no misunderstanding about this question, there is a provision in section 2 of chapter 252, as follows: ‘Nothing in this act contained shall be construed to take from any municipality in this State the right to use and take all the water which it has the right to use or appropriate, by purchase or condemnation.’ This, it seems to me, is a direct recognition in the act of the rights of the city of Newark in the premises, and I am at a loss to understand how it can be seriously urged that any liability will exist on the part of the city of Newark to pay any money by reason of the provision of chapter 252 for any water that it shall hereafter consume from its present supply, until that consumption shall at least exceed 50,000,000 gals, a day.”— The Kearny fire department has been accused of using too great an amount of water at a recent fire through carelessness. They demanded an apology and a full explanation from the West Hudson County Board of Trade, before whom the accusation was made. It turned out that the newspapers had incorrectly reported some remarks made on the subject, and so the storm waves were calmed.—Although the legislature refused to appropriate money to forward the work of the State’s new potable water commission, that body has guaranteed the salaries of its members and is going ahead and holding meetings as to protecting the water supply of the State. One of its first moves in this direction has been the election of a secretary, Charles H. Folwell, a newspaper man of Mount Holly, at a salary of $1,500. The gentleman chosen for this position of honor is Charles H. Folwell, of Mt. Holly, a good newspaper man, but said to be entirely unfamiliar with the water situation in the State.