Report of the Commissioners Under an Act of the Legislature of this State, Passed May 2, 1834: Relative to Supplying the City of New-York with Pure and Wholesome Water. February, 1835

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W.B. Townsend, 1835 - Water resources development - 206 pages
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Page 400 - Cork. At the period in question the troops were supplied with water from the river Lee, which, in passing through the city, is rendered unfit for drinking by the influx of the contents of the sewers from the houses, and likewise is brackish from the tide, which ascends into their channels. Mr. Bell, suspecting that the water might have caused the dysentery, upon assuming the care of the sick...
Page 527 - Commissioners to examine and consider all matters relative to supplying the City of New- York with a sufficient quantity of pure and wholesome water, for the use of its inhabitants, and to the amount of money necessary to effect that object.
Page 528 - ... with suitable lock and key, and the electors shall express their assent or refusal to allow the common council to proceed in raising the money necessary to construct the works as aforesaid, by depositing their ballots in the box provided for that purpose in their respective wards. And those electors who are in favor of granting the necessary power to the common council, shall each deposit a ballot containing the word "yes...
Page 338 - ... confined themselves to a mere outline of the plan, as proposed by Mr. Seymour, and to a brief statement of some of the difficulties to be overcome, which has appeared to them as inevitable, and which they will now proceed to designate. 1st. The great and leading object of the act of the Legislature is, to procure a plentiful supply of pure and wholesome water, for the use of the inhabitants of this City. Now, although the Commissioners have no reason to doubt, that the waters of the upper Hudson,,...
Page 393 - ... action at the election referred to, the following extract from a report of the Water Commissioners, submitted to the Common Council, and by it to the people, immediately preceding that election, is given: — "When the project shall be completed, the eventual receipts will more than pay the interest on the capital expended, and the annual cost of attending the works, and in due time leave a surplus for the redemption of the debt that may be incurred.
Page 421 - ,. , of construction. structed somewhat in the manner of an ordinary canal feeder. 2. An open channel, protected against the action of the current by masonry, of some kind. 3. An arched culvert, composed essentially of masonry. And 4. Iron pipes. (This method, however, having been iron pipes not just discussed, in regard to its particular application, and "a also, in my former report, as a system for general use, ied.
Page 335 - ... confidence. This was declined on our part, on the principle, that the Commissioners were bound to report to the Common Council, any and all the information they possessed, on the subject of supplying this City with water, and they could not therefore, receive any communication under an injunction of secresy. On the 8th of November, Mr. Hunter in accordance with a previous arrangement, met the Commissioners at their room in the Hall of Records. That portion of the act of the Legislature, which...
Page 401 - No disagreeable odour assails the persons who pass through the streets of that City ; every thing calculated to annoy the senses is swept away by the running stream ; but, in NewYork, a person coming in the City from the pure air of the country, is compelled to hold his breath, or make use of some perfume to break off the disagreeable smell arising from the streets.
Page 400 - Lady's well, at the same time that they were no longer permitted to drink the water from the river. From this simple, but judicious arrangement, the dysentery very shortly disappeared among the troops.
Page 331 - Burr and several other men applied for a charter for the purpose of " supplying the City of New York with pure and wholesome water," and on April 2, 1799, the bill was passed, incorporating the Manhattan company.

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