WATER SUPPLY OF BAYONNE, N. J.
Of late years many families have removed from Bayonne, N. J., on account of being obliged to drink the polluted Passaic water furnished by Jersey City, on which the citizens of of Bayonne depended for their supply. That has all been changed, and new Bayonne is not only altogether independent of Jersey City, but is also supplied with water, which, for drinking, domestic, and manufacturing purposes is beyond suspicion—according to an analysis made by Professor Charles F. Chandler, it is superior to the unusually severe standard required by the terms of the contract entered into with the New York and New Jersey Water Company. The water runs from the Pequanic river through twelve miles of thirty inch pipe from Arlington into the newly built main and the various lines in Bayonne, The supply is abundant, and the pressure so high that only about one-half that available is permitted by the city’s water department—it is claimed that in consequence five steam fire engines may safely be dispensed with for the future. It may be noted that the pressure is now about fifty five pounds to the square inch—more than double the former average. Several extensive manufacturing and refining works will appreciate this condition of affairs. They will not be obliged to condense salt water. The new contract is for twenty-five years. Bayonne is required to consume or pay for 2,000,000 gallons daily for the first twelve months, and for 2,500,000 gallons thereafter. The price is $89 a million gallons until the consumption reaches three million gallons daily. Then the price will be $80, grading down to $40, according to the increased consumption of water. In case the water should at any time prove inferior to contract requirements, a reduction in price of twenty-five per cent, is provided. An increase in supply over 2,500,000 gallons daily desired must be accompanied by six months’ notice. The pressure must be fortylive pounds to the square inch, and has been as high as 12c.
The citizens of Jersey City are reminded by the East Jersey Water Company that, whereas the contract with that company calls for the supply of only 22,000,000 gallons a day they exceeded that quantity in December last by over 6,000,000 gallons every day; in January by over 30.000.000 gallons; and in Februaryby over 29,000 000 gallons. The company notifies them that this must cease, and its a; torney likewise somewhat plaintively reminds them that, although the company has been fur. ishing water to the citv for fourteen months, and has never received a dollar on account, it voluntarily relinquished $25,000 of the $350,000 now due. Hut the water commis .ioners console themselves with the knowledge that Passaic sewage is always available for distribution through the city’s mains,