Water Hearing at Newport

Issue 4 and Volume 57.

Water Hearing at Newport A continuance of the hearing of the Newport (R. I.) Water Works Company before the State Public Utilities Commission on the rates charged by that company, was held last week. Superintendent Edmond W. Kent, and Consulting Engineer Charles W. Sherman, of Boston, were on the stand. Superintendent Kent, when asked what he considered a proper schedule of water rates for the City of Newport, said that he believed the city should be assessed $40 a year per hydrant for the fire protection service and that all consumers should be served on the meter basis. He estimated that the cost of setting meters in Newport would be more than $127,000 and that the water consumption would be greatly reduced. Mr. Sherman told of having made an examination of the Newport Water Works system and found it in thoroughly good condition, especially the No. 1 pumping station, where…

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