A WATER BILL AT ALBANY.
On March 4 Water Commissioner J. Hampden Dougherty, of New York city, appeared before the assembly cities’ committee in behalf of a bill in troduced by Assemblyman Colby to expunge from section 473 of the New York charter the last cntence, which provides that in certain specified eases the charge for water shall be determined only by the quantity of the water actually used, as shown by the meters in use in the buildings, and to insert instead a paragraph which provides that for no place in which water is furnished for business consump tion shall the charge for water be less than the rat which would be apportioned to such building it charged a frontage rate or rental. Commissioner Dougherty claims that the charges for water at meter rates have often been less than the annual charges for frontage would have been had the build iug been subject to such rates. The present system (he says) permits the consumer to derive an ad vantage from the introduction of a water meter, which it was not the intention of the law to give him when provision was made for metered service The proposed bill, if enacted, will assure the city a payment from every metered building at least as great as it would receive if the charge were upon a frontage basis. According to the commissioner, this amendment has the support of the administration of the city of New York, and would add several hundred thousand dollars a year to the city’s revenue.
The adoption of the meter system at Cleveland Ohio, is largely due to the influence of Mayor Tom Johnson.