A local newspaper in Jacksonville, Fla., announces that 2,500 water consumers in that city are in need of meters.
Since March 1, last Houston, Tex., has installed 1,218 meters, making the total now in use 5,774.
3,500 meters have been received at Dallas, Tex., and a contract let for meter boxes at the rate of $1.55 each.
A contract for 3,000 re-enforced concrete meter boxes for the Water Department was let recently by Supply Commissioner Joseph B. Thomas to the George C. Prendcrgast Company for $1.85 each.
Of the present active services in Columbus, O., 91 per cent, are metered, and all new ones are thus equipped. Numerous connections 4 inches and larger in diameter, serve elevators and sprinkler equipments; 31 are in the congested value district; all are gated within the street lines.
Commissioner E. B. Joseph having charge of the Montgomery, Ala., waterworks department reports that it is his intention to put all consumers on a meter basis instead of the present flat rate, and to that end will purchase the necessary meters
Notwithstanding the plea of the company that it is unable to secure funds with which to make the extensions, the board of public utility commissioners has ordered the United Water Company to install a system of water mains in the borough of Oaklyn, N. J.
About 77 per cent. of the services in Topeka, Kan., including all large size connections, are at present metered. A state law authorizes the Board of Commissioners to measure by meter all water furnished consumers, and an ordinance was passed July 15, 1911, requiring all services to be metered before May 1, 1912.
It is expected that all services at Wichita, Kan., will be metered within the next few years; approximately one-third of the services are metered at this date. There are only 11 large size services, 4 and 6 inches in diameter; these supply principally private hydrants, sprinkler equipments and hose risers for fire protection.
Mr. Fellowes, engineer in charge of distribution at Toronto, Ont., says; “We recently discovered a waste of 80,000 gallons of water in one night on Palmerston avenue. Twelve services were going all night. At this rate of waste the loss to the city is over $2,800 in a year, whereas the water rent is only $70 or $80.” He has always been an advocate of metering all the supplies and now he favors meters more strongly than ever.
The fact that the meter system for the government of payment for the consumption of water meets with the approval of a large proportion of the property holders of De Kalb, Ill., is shown by the fact that the first consignment of 200 water meters is disposed of and the orders for them signed by the property owners. As there are only about 800 connections to be metered in that city this means that a quarter of the entire big order is already placed and practically ready for delivery.
The News of Jackson, Mich., says “The report of Commissioner Fewell recommends the immediate installation of 1,000 water meters. The recommendation is considered by city officials as a good one. There is no doubt but that the statement of Commissioner Fewell that the water supply will be cut down half, and that the revenue to the city increased 15 per cent. is true. The installation of meters will necessitate the employment of inspectors and will add a little more work to the department, but Commissioner Fewell says that with all it will be a paying investment.”
The New Britain, Conn., water board has under consideration the adoption of meter rates for the payment of water consumption. Clerk Egan is gathering statistics from other cities and is studying the forms, rates, etc., in vogue. There are now about 1,200 meters installed throughout the city, and it will take about two years more to completely meter the city with about 5,000 meters. It is not deemed advisable to wait until all the meters have been installed before applying the new schedule. The present plan is to have a minimum charge and possibly a maximum rate. There will be intermediate rates and the plan is to avoid any schedule that will put a premium on large consumption. To overcome this it is proposed to have fixed rates for every thousand cubic feet of water used and probably a rate of discount.