Issue 9 and Volume 65.

WATER RATES There is wide spread complaint in Palestine, Texas, over the excessive charge for water since the city took over the water system. Measures are being taken to bring about concerted action by the municipalities affected against a petition now before the Public Utility Commission of the State of New Jersey, filed by the Hackensack Water Company for an increase in rates. According to the decision of the Wisconsin railroad commission in denying a petition for a further increase in rates, the Ashland Water Company are the highest in the state as to some classes of service and among the highest for all classes in spite of the admission that “there is no question that the company has been earning less than what is normally considered a fair return.” The Water Works Company of Amherst, Ohio, has asked for permission to raise the water rates and has shown its…

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