Leadership

WATER RATES

Issue 16 and Volume 58.

WATER RATES The water company of Richmond, Ind., proposes to increase rates owing to expenses incurred in improvements. The city officials claim that the company is entitled to a moderate increase in its plant valuation because of necessary and permanent improvements made during the past year, but they assert a twenty per cent, rate increase based upon any fair increase in plant valuation is too high. J. W. Edgerly & Co. and Harper & McIntyre Company, of Ottumwa, la., have appealed to the Supreme Court from the District Court, to decide whether or not municipally owned water plants may charge a flat rate for service in connection with automatic sprinkler systems. The appellants claim that the sprinklers are part of the fire protection system and seek to enjoin the city from shutting off the water in the system.

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