1851 - The Water Company
I have noticed in your paper and the Courant, that the Water Company will commence operations in the spring. Having in my peregrinations become acquainted with the locale of the water, distance to bring water into the city and height of streams above our city, I can speak by book. The best stream of water within twenty miles of our city will be found at Ketch Mills, about twelve miles North-East, in the town of East Windsor. The pond of water at that place, about half a mile long, is entirely supplied by springs, of which over one hundred are known to feed the pond. The water is so pure, that standing in a vessel twenty-four hours shows no deposit; it is soft for washing, and the best water I ever tasted. There are no dwelling-houses, barn yards, or manufactories pouring their filth into this pond, and as it is entirely fed by springs the volume of water, even in the dryest times, is but little diminished. From an examination of the volume of water, two weeks since, running from this pond, and the Croton river, I think this stream now affords more than half the amount now furnished by the Croton, and infinitely superior in its purity. I have personally examined the Croton at its sources, and find that there is a great amount of filth of the worst kind held in solution by the water in the upper reservoir.
If water is taken from the Connecticut it contains the washing of thousands of yards, factories, &c. The stream I recommend furnishes abundance of the purest spring water for a population ten times as great as our city. The pond is probably from one hundred to one hundred and twenty-five feet above our city, and an acqueduct can be thrown across the river at any point between Windsor Hill and the bridges, and the extreme distance not to exceed eleven miles from the pond to the city; and to me the reflection that I am using water pure as it comes from nature's fountains, is most agreeable.
November 4, 1851.
Hartford Weekly Times
November 8, 1851
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