Indiana Commission Rules on Main Extensions
The public service commission of Indiana issued on April 18, four rules governing the extension of water mains by private or municipal water utilities. One of these provides that where application is made for an extension of mains, the extension shall be made without cost to the petitioner or petitioners, if it does not equal more than fifty feet for each patron affected, exclusive of streets or alleys. Another provides that when one petitioner or a group desires an extension longer than fifty feet for each petitioner, the work shall be done without cost, if the estimated total revenue for five years shall equal the entire cost of the extension. A third provides that where the cost would be greater than the revenue, the petitioners shall deposit the entire cost, in cash, and then receive refunds of the cost of fifty feet each, and thereafter receive funds, whenever additional patrons are put on the extension of the mains until the full amount has been refunded. The fourth provides that the estimate of the cost shall be only on the basis of the size of main necessary to serve the number of patrons represented in the petition, and that if the company desires a greater main, it shall be without added cost to the patrons.