Leadership

Adequate Water Rates and Efficiency

Issue 4 and Volume 78.

Adequate Water Rates and Efficiency The variation in water rates for both municipally and privately owned water works throughout the country is one of the striking features of water supply. This wide divergence is partly due to local conditions, but not wholly. In some cases the rates have been raised with the growing expenses of operation and maintenance: in others these rates have remained practically as they were twenty years ago. The great advance in water works costs in the war and post-war period both in construction and maintenance, including materials and labor, has caused heavy financial sledding for most of these utilities. Where conditions have allowed it or where the authorities have had wisdom enough to see the necessity for meeting these added expenses by an increase in revenue and.backbone enough to increase their rates accordingly, the problem has been comparatively easy of solution. But in cases where either…

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