Leadership

Water Rates.

Issue 14 and Volume 47.

Water Rates. Acording to a statement by William E. Anderson, engineer and manager of the International Water Company, that supplied El Paso, Tex., with water, the refusal of the city council to allow the company to advance its rates above 20 cents for each 1,000 gallons to private consumers and above 12 1/2 to 20 cents for each 1,000 gallons to commercial consumers, compelled the company to apply for the appointment of a receiver, it being impossible to supply water at the rates it was authorized to charge. The water rate schedule for Pittsburg, Pa., in the tax levy ordinance for 1910 now pending calls for a charge of 18 cents per 1,000 cubic feet, as against 14 cents last year. This is an increase of practically 29 per cent., and is arousing popular criticism. Claiming that the ordinance reducing water rates to he charged in Helena, Mont., is confiscatory…

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