Columbus May Enlarge Water System

Columbus May Enlarge Water System

That Columbus, Ohio, needs a $3,000,000 addition to its waterworks system, is the belief of Jerry O’Shaughnessy, the superintendent, and he is contemplating asking voters to approve a bond issue of that amount for another storage dam, extension of the mains and additions at both the filter and pumping plants. Superintendent O’Shaughnessy considers the Columbus system the equal of any in the country but says that the time has come to prepare for the demands of the not far distant years when the water supply will not be sufficient for the population at its present rapidly increasing rate. New taps are being added at the rate of 2,600 yearly and the annual increase of business in normal years has been upward of $60,000 and it is the part of wisdom, in his opinion, to invest more money in a utility that has been self-supporting even in the war period and in normal years makes a considerable profit, clearing from $80,000 to $125,000 annually. If rental were collectible for water furnished to the city, the department would be much farther ahead, the superintendent says. The city is supposed to pay $8 a year for every one of its 3,000 fire hydrants but never does, while Indianapolis says $45 a year per hydrant and the average rate for the country in general, according to Mr. O’Shaughnessy, is $40. With the exception of Cleveland, the city of Columbus has the lowest water rate in Ohio, the minimum being $2.70 a year.

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