Issue 16 and Volume 59.

METER RATES IN PHILADELPHIA. A water consumer in Philadelphia some time ago made objection to the adoption of a differential water meter rate, which would give water to large consumers, such as manufacturers, cheaper than to small consumers, such as householders, to which John C. Tranturne, Jr., erstwhile engineer of the Water Bureau says that for “thirty cents under the present meter rate, which is far lower than that charged in other places, the city of Philadelphia gives one thousand cubic feet, a cube of water measuring ten feet on each side, or as much as a non-wasting family of five persons can possibly use and enjoy in thirty days.” He further says that “all haggling over supposed and trifling inequities in the working of our too low meter rate reminds us of the impracticability of ideally adjusting these matters. The Bureau of Water not only gives to the citizen…

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