Leadership

CAN A CITY CHARGE METER RATES FOR WATER?

Issue 15 and Volume 23.

CAN A CITY CHARGE METER RATES FOR WATER? LANCASTKR, Pa., has established for the State of Pennsylvania the right of a city to charge meter rates for water supplied. It was claimed by a water taker, a brewer, that only schedule rates could be charged, because every manufacturer in the city was not metered,and accordingly he refused to pay his bill. On the city threatening to shut off the water from his premises, he obtained an injunction, restraining it from so doing. The case was taken into court and decided in favor of the city—a decision affirmed by the Supreme court on appeal. The plaintiff contended that the meter charge, five cents per r,ooo gallons, was “ unreasonable and excessive.” It was further contended that the water committee exceeded its powers in adopting a new schedule of rates and enforcing it on the strength of the approval of councils only,…

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