Waterworks System of San Diego

Waterworks System of San Diego

A recent traveler to San Diego, Cal., writes as follows:

“Large tracts of land that were mere alkali and sand wastes round San Diego only a few years ago are now flower gardens, orchards and well cultivated fields—the result of plenteous irrigation. In San Diego itself it is not so long since drinking water was dipped out from slimy cisterns. To-day pure mountain streams feed the Morena dam and reservoir and the upper and lower Otay reservoirs. The first named is a splendid solid structure that, humanlv speaking, will stand for a century and can impound all the water from any cloudburst or flood and when full to the limit the surplus water flows round the side into the Otay reservoirs, many miles to the west. The dam is between 70 and 75 feet above the water level and forms a reserve reservoir some 120 or more feet deep for San Diego. Its area is several miles in extent, and its capacity suffices for a population of several hundreds of thousands. Offering this system of the Southern California Mountain Water Company to the city for $4,000,000 is like giving it away.”

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