Large Saving Effected’by Meterage In Minneapolis

Large Saving Effected’by Meterage In Minneapolis

In 1907 there were 23,000 water meters in use in Minneapolis, Minn. To-day there are 58,000 water meters measuring the supply drawn by individual consumers. In explaining this rapid increase in numbers, W. R. Young, registrar of the Minneapolis Water Works, said recently: “The marvelous development of the city and the conviction of the citizens that convenience is necessary, not luxuries, account for the increase. The metering of services is the only fair and equitable way. Twenty years ago the city used to furnish water to private homes at a flat rate, with a minimum charge of $8 a year. Then we began to install meters and the minimum charge was reduced to $4. Now less than one per cent, of the dwellings in the city get water on the flat rate. In some cities where the flat rate is still effective the daily average consumption of water per person is 300 gallons.” he continued. “In Minneapolis the daily average cosumption is 58 gallons. Of course each person does not use 58 gallons of water a day for drinking and bathing, nor even for sprinkling. This figure includes all that is used by the fire department, by mills, factories and shops. Metering is a great conserving element. The more meters, the less consumption, relatively. The less consumption, the less waste, and by stopping waste at the home it is stopped off at the filtration plant. The filtration plant pumps an average of 30,000,000 gallons a day. Operating costs average about $250 a day. If 50 gallons of water a day is enough for the average citizen of Minneapolis and six times that amount is pumped for the citizen of some other city where there is no metering, it can be seen that Minneapolis saves enormously on fuel, electricity and other agencies at the pumping and filtering plant.”

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