Grand Rapids Water Surplus Decreased
The net surplus of the water works department of Grand Rapids, Mich., for the first two months of the fiscal year, according to Service Director Walter S. Sperry, shows a decrease over the corresponding period of last year, the surplus for the previous year being $8,900. The service director attributes this decrease to increased expenses and an enlarged apportionment on the sinking fund, combined with lower receipts from water consumers due to a change in the discount date.
The receipts for May, it is shown, were $47,525.83; expenditures were $21,645.78; operating surplus was $25,880.15; fixed charges, $21,743, leaving a net surplus for the month of $4,137.15. Of the 1,014,355,000 gallons of water pumped during April and May, 454,332,000 vvere pumped last month.
23 Indiana Cities Show Increased Fire Loss in April—The fire losses in 23 cities of the state of Indiana increased from $140,914 in March to $335,392 in April, a total gain of $194,478, according to statistics collected by State Fire Marshal Newman T. Miller. The fire losses in Indianapolis in March were $67,741, while those in April were $130,916. The average loss per person during the two months in Indianapolis was only 4 1/2 cents, while the per capita loss in Martinsville was $2.92 1/2. During April, the per capita loss in Indianapolis was 63 cents, while during March it was 22 cents. Mr. Miller attributes the heavy increase in April to the fact that the month was an exceedingly cold one and chimneys had become clogged from a long winter’s use, resulting in a large number of roof fires.