Extols the Harrisburg Plant.

Extols the Harrisburg Plant.

In arguing in favor of the establishment of a municipal waterworks system at York, Pa., at an expense of $1,000,000, to be raised by a bond issue, Councilman Anstine showed by the following figures how Harrisburg, the capital of the State, with a population nearly double that of York, had been able to accomplish the same thing at a cost of $1,250,000. He pointed out that Harrisburg has a complete reservoir pumping station, filter plant, pipe shop and other buildings needed in the department, all of which are surrounded by beautiful grounds, walks, etc., an ideal park for it:’ people: 64 miles 152 ft. pipe; 834 fire hydrants; 8,789 meters, placed on 11,491 domestic and commercial taps, all of which have been paid for by the consumer and are maintained by him. The department furnishes meters free for manufacturing purposes; 3,466 pay by the fiat rate—about 20 per cent, of all houses; 11,491 pay by the meter rate—about 80 per cent, of all houses; estimated population supplied, 70,000. The average revenue from metered houses in 1908 was $8.60, the minimum meter rate being $6 per dwellinghouse per annum. The average receipts for houses not metered was $8.66; 5,838 out of 8,189 metered houses—about two-thirds—did not use enough water to amount to the minimum rate of $6. The minimum rate of $6 practically allows 10 gal. per day per house. Meter rate for domestic purposes is 12 1/2 cents per i00 cu. ft.—about 750 gal. As the majority of the houses that are metered are supplied with all conveniences, it will be readily seen how beneficial the meters are to the water users, who arc careful, and, also, in preventing waste. The per-capita of 57 gal. per day for all other purposes, other than manufacturing, also shows the advantage of metering. In view of the falling off of 20 per cent, in the demand for water during the year 1908 over that of 1907, the following statement is interesting: Total earnings for the year 1908 were $273,366.95; expenses, including betterments, $63^370.04; interest on bonded indebtedness, $32,088—total, $177,908.91 : net cash earnings, $95,369.39; cost of supplying water, per 1,000,000 gal., figured on total cost of maintenance, $15.39; cost of supplying water, per 1,000,000 gal., figured on total maintenance and interest on bonds, $25.25.

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