Thoughts About Water (Classic Reprint)
With one aqueduct in successful operation already, which, though it supplies water of the purest quality, scarcely finds one customer in every four dwellings which it passes, and with several millions of dollars invested by our citizens in wells and cisterns, - is it not manifestly the wiser course for Boston to adopt the London plan, rather than that of Philadelphia, wher the hydrant was almost coeval with the foundation ofthe city? Is it not also the juster course, in relation to those, who, having supplied themselves at their own cost, cannot equitably be charged with the burthen of supplying their neighbors? Lon don is supplied by eight private companies. Boston has one. Let us have another and another, as our occasions require. Then every citizen, who wants the water, can have it, on fair terms, - that is, if he will pay for it: and not by throwing a tax upon his fellow-man, who wants it not. We want enough for our present need, not a deluge, at a preposterous expense, that every lady may have a fountain, and every gentleman a hose and squirter. The waters of Spot Pond, Long Pond, and the Middlesex Canal, are before the public, for consideration. The quality of the water is of not less importance than the quantity. Ifthe source be filthy, the less of it the better. The last of these three sources seems not to find much favor with the public. Mr. Baldwin, one of the commissioners, speaks thus of it, in his report: I object to the color and character of the water which composes this source. Much of the water is derived from the Middlesex Canal, from the leaks and wastes on a large portion of its length. This canal is fed from Con cord River, in Billerica, a large portion of whose waters lie, every year, nearly motionless, through the dog-days, steeping the grass on the Sudbury meadows, for many miles in extent.
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