Marion, Ind., Waterworks Report.
The annual report of E. Hulley, superintendent of the water department at Marion, Ind., shows a total pumpage for 1910 of 582,365,709 gallons, or a daily average of 1,595,522 gallons. Sixteen new meters were installed, making a total now in use of 617. There is a total of 2,948 flat rate consumers; 336 hydrants and 222 gate valves. Collections from flat rate consumers amounted to $16,326, and from meters, $13,424. The total running expenses, including salaries, was $17,791. Superintendent Hulley says: “The collections for 1910 were $4,059.53 more than for the year of 1909, and $2,278.91 greater than for any previous year, while the amount of water pumped was 3.145,264 gallons more than for the year of 1909. The free list should be dispensed with and all institutions and departments of the city should be charged with the water they use. It not only encourages a waste of water (which is a waste of fuel and wear on the machinery), but puts the burden of the donation on the consumer. If the institution is a worthy one and a benefit to the city, let the citizens hear the expense and not the consumer alone. Under the present plan the institution and citizen that does not use and pay for water contributes nothing toward the expense of the free list, and get their fire protection free. On the other hand, if all departments in the city and all institutions were required to pay for water the income would be more than necessary, and the water rates could be reduced to the consumer in proportion to the increased income. And by charging all alike the waterworks department of the city would receive the credit due it. But if the free list is to continue. I would recommend that a meter be installed on every such service at the expense of the owner or department, and a reasonable amount of water be allowed free, and all over that amount to be charged for at the regular rates. In this way the extravagant waste of water could be checked.”