Wyomissing Water Case.
A Reading, Pa., dispatch states that the Sinking Spring Water company filed an answer to a bill in Equity filed by Catherine Gring to restrain the defendant from appropriating water from Mrs. Gring’s premises to supply Wyomissing. Mrs. Gring contends that, when a settlement of damages was formally made, the firm was restricted to use water for Sinking Spring alone. The defendant asks for the dismissal of the bill and sets forth further, that it admits having extended its lines to a portion of Spring township as far as Wyomissing, but states that “Wyomissing was incorporated out of a portion of Spring township on July 2, 1906. On July 2, 1907, the Wyomissing Spring Water company leased its plant and franchises to us by lease recorded in miscellaneous book No. 66, page 1, for 999 years, from July 1, 1907, in pursuance whereof we have been operating the plant. At the time of the filing of the bill we were about connecting our Sinking Spring plant with our Wyomissing plant and have since completed the connection, and are now supplying from the Sinking Spring reservoir the territory formerly supplied from the Wyomissing plant. This connection became necessary, because a portion of the Wyomissing supply was contaminated, or likely to be contaminated and so injurious to the public health. We deny that any of extensions have been without right and we further deny that we are supplying water taken by us from the plaintiff’s land to any of the extensions, except to a trifling extent, although we insist upon our right to do so by taking water from the point described in the bond.”
The Peoria Waterworks company has obtained an injunction in the Federal court restraining the city of Peoria, Ill. from reducing the water rates or from in any way attempting to interfere with the present business of the company. An ordinance, passed June 9, provided for the decreasing of all flat rates 3354 per cent.