Water Supply at Toronto.
Mayor Oliver in his message to the city counsel of Toronto thus adverts to the question of water supply improvement and filtration: “Foremost among the questions to engage your attention during the year will be that of the, improvement in our system of waterworks. Two difficulties present themselves—firstly, the source of supply, and, secondly, the pressure in the mains. The superintendent of the waterworks has a proposition to lay before you at an early date, which will, if acted upon, solve the second difficulty. It is, in brief, certain alterations at the pumping station, the laying of a larger main from the lake to Dundas street, and the construction of certain 12-in. mains within the town limits. Larger mains will not, however, produce better water, and their construction will mean an expenditure of considerably over $50,000. I have reason to believe that this great expense may be avoided by the Artesian Water company bringing to our borders the splendid spring water that is now running to waste at the rate of millions of gallons per day from the wells in Whitchurch township. I expect to be able very soon to lav before you a definite proposition for the supply of water by the above-named company.” On the subject of filtration he spoke as follows: “No greater responsibility rests upon the representatives of any municipality than that of providing its people with an undefiled and generous water supply. Nor does any other single commodity conduce so much to the health, comfort and well-being of a community. This is our most pressing need, and we in Toronto are today face to face with that responsibility. In this connection everything possible should be done to further the progress of the construction of the tunnel under the bay, so that we may be enabled to ascertain beyond peradventure its effect upon the purity of our water supply.”