Leadership

THE WASHINGTON METER QUESTION.

Issue 21 and Volume 1895 16.

THE WASHINGTON METER QUESTION. There will be no water meters put in this year. The commissioners’ hands are tied, and they have practically decided not to try to enforce the law. It has not been very long since the commissioners issued an order that all large consumers of water should equip their places of business with water meters. There was no diversity of opinion as to the necessity for such an order. Large consumers of the Potomac variety have been a drain upon the private houses, and it was only after deliberate consideration that the commissioners decided to compel the employment of water meters as one of the solutions of insufficient water supply. But, as the commissioners argued, it would have been practically impossible to enforce the law unless they had authority to select the meter and maintain a constant supervision over it as the gas companies do. The law…

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