Issue 23 and Volume 1887 1.

WATER METERS. THE competitive trial of water meters now in progress in Boston naturally suggests some reference to the requirements and uses of these little understood appliances, and their importance in preventing waste. A further incentive to such reference is found in the appearance this month of an interesting and valuable little book, entitled “Statistics, Tables and Water Rates of Cities and Towns, together with Facts about Water Meters,” compiled by the National Meter Company of New York city. This volume, containing much scientific and practical information of a high order on the subject of water supply, introduces evidence establishing beyond question the utility and equity of the meter system, whether applied to large or small cities and towns, managed by municipalities or by private companies. It is shown that it reduces the pro rata expenses of the department, effects a large saving of water and adds largely to the…

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