INCREASED USE OF THE WATER METER.
One of the most notable features of the annual reports FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING publishes from time to time of the water departments from every section of this country and Canada is the continued increase in the use of the water meter as a means of measuring and charging for the use of water by the domestic consumer, as against the flat rate system of charges. There can be but one answer as to the question of fairness between these two systems. The conscientious user of water realizes that he has no more right to wantonly waste the commodity that costs the municipality or the water company many thousands annually to furnish him than he has to squander the gas in his pipes, or the electricity on his wires. But to the waster, through carelessness, indifference or even viciousness, the meter is a very salutary check on his extravagance. When he knows that every gallon of the liquid that passes out of his spigots is carefully registered by the little instrument below stairs and that he must pay therefor, his wasting will cease. That this is iust, who can deny? Why should the man who is careful in the use of water pay the same rate as the man who wastes it, and costs the municipality many thousands in extra pumpage expenses? Conservation of water means conservation of coal, and that at present is one of the crying needs of the day. By all means, increase the use of the water meter.