Leadership

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING

Issue 22 and Volume 38.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING Those who are opposed to the compulsory meterage of water should lay to heart several truths intimately connected with the use of meters. Their use is the only protection afforded to those (and there are many) who are not satisfied with the fairness of flat rates. Universal meterage would place all the consumers on an equal basis and the waterworks operation on a thorough business basis. Each consumer would pay only for what water he takes, and would not have to shoulder the burden of paying for those who, being under the flat-rate regime, use, or, rather, misuse the water in unlimited quantities. And, now that the winter is coming on, the propriety, not to say the necessity for metering the water of every consumer is amply shown. In summer those who pay flat rates may find some excuse for their excessive consumption of water in…

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