Fort Lee, New Jersey received a modern sewer system during the Great Depression with the assistance of federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) labor. Fort Lee’s Palisadian newspaper wrote:
For many years [West Coytesville] has been without the benefit of a sewer system. Often the overflowing of cesspools has created a condition that was not only very unpleasant but [a menace] to health.
The officials have been cognizant of the bad condition for a number of years but because of Fort Lee’s sorry financial plight were unable to provide a remedy. A majority of the property owners effected were in no position to shoulder an assessment if the work was undertaken under the old accepted procedure.
Thanks to the operation of the W P A the citizens are now able to get a moden sewer system at a minimum cost to the borough.
"The Dawn," a New Jersey WPA publication; May 1936 issue, page 7. Found at the Jersey City Public Library's New Jersey Room. "Sewer Project Approved"; Palisadian, Fort Lee, NJ; Apr. 17, 1936.
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