Water Works Decisions in Brooklyn.
A decision has just been handed down by Justice Dickey, in Brooklyn, involving about $1,500,000 in suits against New York city. Justice Dickey decided for the city in seven actions for damages tried before him at the Equity term. Me passes on the right of the city’s department of water supply to operate pumping stations in the different parts of Nassau county for the purpose of furnishing a water supply to residents of the borough of Brooklyn. These actions were instituted by George P. Bloomer. Christopher II. Hunt, Levina Petty. Moses E. Hunt and Edwin P. Snow, residents of the town of Bcllmore. in Nassau county, for damages aggregating $130,000, and Joseph Wacker, of Whitestone, Long Island, for damages aggregating $20,000. The plaintiffs also demanded an injunction to restrain the city from the operation of those pumping stations and infiltration galleries, the devices which are employed by the city to pumn and conduct water to Mount Prospect reservoir, in the borough of Brooklyn. Most of the plaintiffs are farmers and florists, who claim that, because of the operation of the city’s pumps, water wa« sucked from their lands, and that the rental and usable value of their farms had, as a consequence, become depreciated and ruined for farm and horticultural purposes. Judgment for large sums of money were paid hy the comptroler on account of the damage complained of by the Long Island farmers, upon the theory that through the operation of the water department’s pumps, the underground waters were extracted from neighboring farm lands. During the last two years several hundred claims were filed against the city, which the comptroler refused to Pay. The farmers on Long Island had learned that the city was confessing judgments in this kind of litigation, and before long hundreds of suits were sent in to the comptrolcr’s office. By employing about thirty-five engineers and employes of the department of water supply, the city discovered that it takes water from no land, cxcent that which is owned and controlcd by itself. Justice Dickey decided that the grievances of the farmers against the city were purely fanciful.