Leadership

Another Important Water Works Decision

Issue 19 and Volume 71.

Another Important Water Works Decision It has become the fashion to oppose the requests for an increase in rates by water companies without considering whether there is any justice in or reason for such a request. The assumption apparently is that the utility in asking for an increase is bent solely upon gouging the consumers, and the possibility that the raise in rates may be necessary to the very life of the company is never to be considered. A prospective increase in rates is an act of profiteering pure and simple and can be nothing else according to this idea. A decision involving this question of the adequacy of rates for a water company has just been rendered by a Federal judge of the southern district of Illinois. The case is that of the Alton Water Company, which sued to restrain the commerce commission of Illinois from enforcing the penalities…

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