A SUCCESSFUL METERAGE CAMPAIGN.
A fifteen months’ campaign for the compulsory installation of meters in the city of Spokane, Wash., has had a substantially successful result. When the campaign closed recently it was announced that all but twelve hundred of the 22,000 taps in the service were metered, and that orders from citizens for many of these had been received. When the large number of services in Spokane is considered it will be seen that the plan of Superintendent Lindsay has succeeded and that the city is well on the road to universal meterage. It has been estimated that more than six hundred meters were installed in the city in June, the last month of the compulsory meterage campaign, which shows that the Water Department had a very active closing month. What has been accomplished in the city of Spokane and in other cities where the meterage system has been placed in operation, illustrates what can be done elsewhere for the benefit of water takers. Several other cities have taken up this subject with more or less success, a notable instance being the city of Chicago, in which the movement to adopt universal meterage is making good progress. One beneficial result of the agitation that has been carried on in various municipalities on this subject has been the education of the general public, with the result that the erroneous impression so prevalent that the installation of the meter meant increased water bills for the consumer has been removed. As a matter of fact in cities where universal meterage has been adopted the expense to water users has been substantially lowered, and general approval has resulted. A campaign of education along this line could be successfully inaugurated in many other places and the example of Spokane should serve as an incentive to those who still use a flat rate to consider the adoption of general meterage, which is now applied with satisfactory results to both purveyor and consumer alike in all well-regulated water works plants throughout the country.