Leadership

THE LEGAL ASPECT OF MAKING WATER RATES IN CANADA

Issue 17 and Volume 38.

THE LEGAL ASPECT OF MAKING WATER RATES IN CANADA In a paper read before the Ontario Municipal association, Francis Mackelcan, city solicitor of Hamilton, Ontario, furnishes the following extracts from legal opinions on the question of water rates: “All incorporated companies supplying water to a municipality or its inhabitants have power to charge whatever rates they may deem tit for all water so supplied. No restriction is placed upon them, and they may regulate their rates to suit their own interests, and are not bound to make tneir charge equal or uniform to the different consumers. There is no reason why municipalities purchasing such waterworks or constructing them should not have the same wide discretion in regulating their water rates by virtue of their proprietary interest, which alone gives power to incorporated companies to fix the charges they shall make to the various consumers. In addition to their proprietary rights,…

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