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The Liability of Water Supply Companies.

Issue 22 and Volume 1893 14.

The Liability of Water Supply Companies. There appears to exist a very general misapprehension concerning the liability of water supply companies, when property is destroyed by fire on account of their failure to furnish water in sufficient quantity or at a proper lime. In consideration of the valuable franchises granted to these corporations and the additional benefits they are guaranteed from the sale of water for public uses, the companies generally contract with the city or other municipality to provide a designated number of hydrants for the use on the occurrence of fire, and to make these efficient for the purpose intended. There is usually a stipulation in these contracts that a certain pressure shall at all times be maintained, but it frequently happens that where contracts of this kind are existing, and a fire breaks out, the water is not supplied, or the pressure is inadequate, and serious losses…

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