Water Supply Needs of Bayonne, N. J.
At a hearing by the Jersey board of conservation and development on the proposed Ramapo watershed, Clyde Potts, engineer for Bayonne, explained in detail a number of charts relating to the proposed development, including estimates as to cost, the needs of Bayonne for a water supply and other matters. In one chart he showed the estimate of Bayonne between 1925 and 1953, by which date, he said, the city would require the maximum diversion of 50,000,000 gallons daily. His estimate indicated that in 1925, under the plan, the cost to Bayonne would be $55 per million gallons. The average cost would gradually decrease as the consumption approaches the capacity of the plan until in 1953 it will reach a minimum of $25.50 per million gallons. The total cost of the project, Mr. Potts estimates, will be $7,500,000, with a possibility that contingent expenses will increase the amount to $8,500,000. Construction of the dam and reservoir was estimated at $1,036,500. The cost of conduits and pipe lines was estimated at $4,997,200 and the acquisition of real estate and engineer costs, etc., at $1,466,000. Answering a question as to the possibility of developing the Wanaque to a maximum capacity of 80,000,000 gallons daily, Mr. Potts said that this might be possible under certain conditions. Among these he mentioned the acquisition of the Morris Canal, ratification of a treaty with New York State permitting the waters of Greenwood Lake to be drawn below their present level and other factors.