[William E. Colby]
Editor of the Call
tioned. Not being an engineer myself I must go to an engineer for my information on the subject. This I have done, and while I have not considered the subject exhaustively I have acquired enough information to convince myself that there are other water systems available and probably capable of furnishing a supply at less expense than the Hetch Hetchy system would cost. To present the data upon which I base my conviction would be impossible in a newspaper discussion, for it would consume many times the space you would allot to it and engineering problems of such intricacy could never be properly treated or decided in such a forum.In view of the doubt expressed by many leading engineers on the subject, and in view of the claim made, based on professed data, that the following water systems will satisfy the requirements of San Francisco:1. Cherry River & Eleanor Creek combined.2. Stanislaus River Power Company system.3. Sierra Nevada Co.- Mokelumne River system.4. Consumnes & S. Fork of American-Bay Cities Water Co.6. N. Fork of American - Dunn.6. Eel River-Snow Mountain Power Co. etc. etc.I maintain that the whole question should be submitted to a board of competent engineers who are not wedded to any particular source of supply before the city takes any steps which will commit it to advocate any particular system. Of course I do not maintain that all of these systems will satisfy the requirements but I maintain that some one of them will.As I understand Mr. Grunsky's claims, he favors the Hetch Hetchy system, primarily upon the ground of cheapness, and not because there are no other systems available, for he has admitted to me personally that there are. Mr. Grunsky is a very distinguished engineer and I have great admiration for him but there are other eminent engineers who differ with him as to the cost and claimed carrying capacity of his proposed Hetch Hetchy system.Very truly yours,[illegible]06347
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