The water works system, started nearly two years ago at Akron, O., and scheduled to be completed within the year 1914, will not be put through at the price at which the work was originally estimated, a little less than $3,000,000. How much additional will be tied up in the work before the various contracts are completed is a matter of conjecture, but it is conceded that the amount will be considerably in excess of the original estimates. The engineers in charge of the work state that difficulties were encountered which were not looked for, and they claim that the physical difficulties encountered and the excessive amounts which it has been necessary to pay for land condemned for the purpose are responsible for some of the swelling of the cost.



Representative Ruppert, of New York, has introduced a joint resolution into Congress, directing the Secretary of War to contract with Charles Stoughton and others for a canal connecting Harlem kills, New York city, with Long Island sound, according to designated plans approved by Col. Horton, U.S.A.

Mr. Charles Williamson, president and manager of the Stuttgart, Ark., Water and Electric Light company, writes that the company, having completed its electric light plant, will begin building a water works system for that place in a few weeks.

The Passaic Valley Mutual Protective association has decided to bring a suit in the United States Circuit court against the East Jersey Water company and Patrick H. Flynn, of Brooklyn the contractor for the Jersey City water supply. The suit is based on the ground that the wholesale diversion of water from the upper Passaic for commercial purposes is so greatly depleting the stream flow that the sewage nuisance below Dundee dam is greatly increased. It is held that the water contractors possess no ownership of the river, and that by its acts it is virtually confiscating the property values of riparian owners below the dam. Another suit against Paterson, N. J., is pending to restrain that city from polluting the Passaic with its sewage.

Assemblyman Hitchcock has introduced a hill in the house at Albany, N. Y., providing that the Hudson River Water Power company, which proposes to furnish electrical power to cities, villages, and manufacturing establishments of the upper Hudson valley, may erect and maintain for ever a dam across the Hudson river between Glens Falls and Palmer Falls. The dam may be e_____ected to such a height as shall fully utilize the fall of such river.

The group of mills at Middletown. Conn, has been connected by a system of automatic sprinklers, supplied by a tank on the top of an eminence a little distance from the buildings, whose capacity is 100,000 gallons. It is fed from the company’s reservoirs at Crystal Lake park and Johnson Lane, and will always be kept full. Auxiliary to this reservoir will be a 1,000-gallon pump, which will be in operation in case of fire, long before the tank is exhausted The main feed pipe is twelve inches in diameter, and leading from this are other pipes eight and six inches in diameter, which will furnish a sufficient amount of water.

Dr. J. M. W. Kitchen, of East Orange, N. J., has recently attacked the whole of the water supply of that portion of the State as unwholesome. He de dared that the East Jersey Water company was pumping into its mains from the Passaic at Little Falls, and that typhoid was thus being carried into many families. He thought it high time East Orange should own its own water supply. Shallow wells were not safe, for there were thousands of outhouses in the community, and the water from them must go somewhere. Pure, wholesome water could be obtained by sinking deep wells. The question has been referred to the public welfare committee, with power to act.

The muuicipal council of New York, although it has been mandamused to issue bonds for the purchase of the plant of the Long Island Water Supply company, has not yet obtained possession of the property. It is, therefore, proposed to adopt a resolution calling upon Comptroler Coler and Corporation Counsel Whalen to inform the assembly why the property of the company has not been taken possession of by the city, and why it would not be advisable that a court should be applied to for a peremptory writ calling upon the proper city officials to tender to the company the money due it for its plant, and then take forcible possession of the plant and operate it for the benefit of the city.

Brooklyn borough’s manufacturers object strongly to the proposed increase in water rates from seven cents to ten cents per 100 cubic feet. They claim it will ruin their business

A delegation from the residents of Bronx borough, N. Y. called upon the mayor this week and laid before him the needs of the borough in the way of an adequate water supply.

Chief Engineer Van Kern, of Jersey City, N. J , has been instructed by the street and water board to prepare an estimate of the cost of placing meters in every public building in which water is used, to ascertain if some plan cannot be devised to provide meters and prevent the wholesale waste of water. The city is now consuming about 30,000,000 gallons a day. and it is estimated that almost one-half of this is wasted. The cost of meters, it is thought, would be about $500,000.

John D. Rockefeller will spend $50,000 in building a reservoir for the supply of his place with water. He recently acquired the Ward Wheeler property of twenty acres, with a large lake upon it. He will thus be independent of the Tarrytown high service reservoir—his present source of supply. That village is now negotiating with him to supply it with water.

The Dawson City, B. C., Water Workscompahy has introduced a novel method of supplying its patrons during the coldest months of the Klondike winter. Over the hydrant of each person who agrees to pay $1 a week for the secvice, it erects a wooden house measuring six feet in all three dimensions. Each of these houses contains a small stove, in which the company keeps a fire day and night

The Chamber of Commerce of Petersburg, Va., vigorously opposes the sale of that city’s water works to the Baltimore syndicate, represented by J. J. Heyward and others. If sold at all, the price paid should be not less than $1,000,000.

Six claimants owning real estate along the Muscoot river in Putnam county, needed by this city, to provide for the sanitary protection of the sources of its water supply, have been allowed the aggregate sum of $40,300

Superintendent Joseph G. Burns writes that the city council of Perth Amboy, N. J., has under consideration the building of a storage reservoir, with a capacity of 50,000,000 gallons.

The Ashland, Wis., Water company has obtained judgment against the city by default for $6 900 for hydrant rentals.

The late rains increased the water in the Ridgewood and Mount Prospect reservoirs by 32,980 800 gallons—making the total amount of water now in storage for the use of the borough of Brooklyn, N. Y., 214,681 900 gallons and removing all present danger of a water famine.