Issue 16 and Volume 64.

METERAGE JUSTIFIES ITSELF. An interesting comparison is made in the annual report of the Middletown, Conn., water department, showing the consumption of water during May, when meters were first installed, with that of August, four months after the system had been given a fair trial. The records show that the consumption of water, as indicated by the registration of about 485 meters for the month of May, was between 12,000,000 and 13,000,000 gallons. At the end of August the record was again tabulated, and showed that the consumption had fallen off to between 8,000,000 and 9,000,000 gallons, a saving of approximately 4,000,000 gallons per month. The report also says that after the meter readings for the month of May had been recorded, complaints were received from users and comments were made in the daily press of the city that the meter system was an iniquity, and that the rates were…

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