WATER SUPPLY OF AMHERST.
The people of Amherst, Mass., are experiencing considerable discomfort on account of the smell of the water in the town supply. It is caused by the vegetable organisms growing in the water and the leaves from the trees forming a decaying mass, which can be avoided only by waiting for the fall days to pass by. Amherst has four sources of supply, one a brook in Leverett. which as yet has never been attached to the mains. There are, besides, two basins, either or both of which may be used alone or together. There is, also, a smaller source in the shape of a spring. One of the basins has for a few weeks been cut off, owing to the construction of a dam farther down the stream. Hence the supply of water is from the basin where the vegetable organisms and other matter have been so numerous. Now, however, the condition of the dam is such that the present source of supply will he directed into the brook, and the sole supply will come from the smaller reservoir and the small spring. The board of health has advised the boiling of all drinking water, not from danger of typhoid or malarial infection, but because of the tendency of such water to induce the ordinary diarrhoeal diseases of autumn.
The villages of Fishkill Landing and Matteawan. N. Y., have voted in favor of municipal ownership of the waterworks, and will buy the plant for $130,000. A stock company has operated the plant for twenty years, the reservoir being located on Mount Beacon.