WATER SUPPLY OF SAN BERNARDINO.
The Riverside pumping companies associated with the ranchers of the valley are at loggerheads with the city of San Bernardino, Cal., which has entered suits against them on the subject of the water supply. The city officials feel that this action is absolutely necessary for the protection of the city interests, as the flow of the city’s wells has been reduced one-half by the deep wells of the Riverside companies. The conditions in, the valley have completely changed since these wells have been taking the water to Riverside. The flood of 1862 can be recalled, when the valley was almost a lake, and the people had to take to the hills. That would hardly be the case today. The moist condition of the valley lands is now a thing of the past, and ever since 1899 those who practised irrigation have been gradually compelled to use more and more water. The surface of the ground is now hard and dry where it was formerly moist and productive and thousands of head of stock roamed the pastures there. All the ranchers can tell of the conditions as they have observed them, and of their experiences in fighting the drying up conditions of the valley —all because of the loss of the water.
C. D. Gould is chief of the new fire department at Minden, La.