Heavy Consumption at Fremont.
Owing to the numerous complaints of consumers at Fremont, Neb., that the charges are excessive, Commissioner Wright will make an exhaustive series of tests to determine where the trouble lies. The complaints are generally to the effect that the meters are bringing up the water rents to a surprisingly big figure for some cus tomers. Whether the fault may tie attributed to heavy consumption or to defective meters or to leaky plumbing equipment is a question. Commissioner Wright has secured a perfectly accurate test meter for ascertaining whether the measure-instruments in use by the complainants are defective in any way. He is of the opinion the meters are all right; but it will take careful tests to settle the point. More likely, in the opinion of the water commissioner, there are faulty plumbing connections in many instances. A small constant flow of water into the sewer will amount to several times as much as the ordinary consumer will use. It is being borne in mind, too, that careless patrons are liable to be wasting more water by leaving faucets turned on than they have any idea that they do. The meters since their general installation have cut down the work at the pumping station considerable. They have served to make consumers careful. The attention of the water department is frequently directed to leaky pipes, where such instances were few and far between in the past.