GOOD SHOWING FOR METERS IN NEWARK.
Morris R. Sherrerd, engineer and superintendent of the department of water, Newark, N. J., writing to FIRE AND WATER with respect to a statement in a Plainfield paper as to the success of the meter system in the former city, says that it gives almost universal satisfaction even to the saloon keepers, from whom serious dissatisfaction might have been expected. They “seem to be perfectly satisfied, as long as all saloons in the city are treated alike. The mayor’s message to common council containing the report from this (the water department), shows that its ordinary receipts from December 1, 1899, to December 1, 1900, were $657,305.06, and for 1901, up to December 1, $730,824.75—an increase of $73,519.69, while the expenditures during the same two periods were $771,076.34 and $752,619.96 respectively—a decrease of $18,456.38. You will notice the increase in receipts for 1901 are over $73,000 above 1900 for the first eleven months of the year. This ratio was continued through December, and while part of it is due to closer collections, the actual result of the introduction of meters has been to give 11s practically the same normal yearly increase in revenue of about $25,000 as formerly, with the exception of the first year, 1899, in which a large number of meters were placed, where the decrease was caused by the changing of advance collections to metered accounts, which, of course, could not be collected until after the water was consumed.
“The mayor’s message shows that the ‘daily average consumption of water [during 1901] was 24.800,000 gallons. This is less than that of four years ago. The reduction is the result of restricting wast« by the use of meters. Approximately 12.500 meterare now in use in the city, on a total of nearly 35,000 taps.’
“In the same report is a reference to the high pres sure high-service supply main for fire service, which was my suggestion, to which you have been kind enough to refer in FIRE ANP WATER. In regard to this I am glad to say that at a meeting of the hoard of trade of Newark, on March 12. the suggested recommendation was unanimouslv indorsed, and a committee of five was appointed to confer with the hoard of fire commissioners and the common council to urge the appropriation of the necessary funds to install this service.
“I also inclose tabulation, which is. perhaps, the best way to show the actual result of the compulsory introduction of meters in reducing the consumption. When we consider that the normal increase in the consumption before this compulsory introduction of meters in 1899 was 2,000,000 gallons per day per year, the actual saving in water at the present time, when the consumption is now as low as it was in 1898. must be considered as between seven and eight million gallons per day. Of course, this result was obtained only by placing meters on the consumers who we ascertained by careful inspection were wasting water. A continuation of the compulsory introduction of meters would no doubt result in saving, but not in the same ratio.”
M. R. SHERRERD.
REDUCTION IN WATER CONSUMPTION CAUSED l!Y COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION OF METERS, NEWARK, X. J.
The decrease of 3.3 million gallons in the average daily consumption in three years speaks for itself regarding the result of the extended introduction of meters
An order has been issued from the Indianapolis fire inspection bureau for an immediate advance of $5 on every $1,000 of insurance in force on the south side of Washington street. As $5,000,000 of insurance will thereby be affected, and the increase in rates will amount to $25,000 a year, the merchants and property owners on the south side of the street (who alone are affected by the order) are very much exercised over the advance, the sole reason for which is the delav in removing the large feedwire of the Indianapolis Street Railway company, which is strung on poles in such a manner as to hamper the v nrk of the fire department and interfere with the raising of the apparatus.