METER AND SCHEDULE WATER RATES AT MIDDLETOWN.
Middletown, N. Y., has a minimum meter rate of seventy-five cents a month. Its monthly meter rates are as follows: One thousand six hundred and sixtyseven cubic feet (seven and forty-eight one-hundredths United States gallons) or less a month, fifteen cents for every 100 cubic feet; 1,667 to 2,009 cubic feet a month, lump sum, $2.50; 2,000 to 3,200 cubic feet, twelve and one-half cents for every 100 cubic feet; 3,200 to 4,000, lump sum, $4; 4,000 to 6,000, ten cents; 6,000 to 8,000, lump sum, $6; 8,000 to 16,000, seven and one-half cents; 10,000 to 80,000, lump sum, $12; 80,000 or ovor, lour cents. The yearly schedule rates areas follows:
Each dwelling house used by one family of not more than six persons, domestic purposes only, $4.50; where a dwelling is occupied by more than one family, for domestic purposes only, each family of not more than six persons, $4; where there are more than six persons in the family, for each additional person, fifty cents; each family, of one person, for domestic purposes only, $2.50: waterclosets or urinals, with selfclosing valves, for one or more, in dwelling or building where city water is not used for family, store, or office purposes, for each family, office or store, $2; waterclosets or urinals with selfclosing valves, for one or more, in dwelling or building where city water is tued for family, store or office use, $1.50; selfclosing waterclosets or urinals, one or more, for one family of one person, $1; waterclosets or urinals not provided with salfdosiug valves, for each famlly or store, $5; bath, one or more for each family, $1.50; bath, one or more, for each family of one person, $1; each office having water therein, $3; offices supplied with water from a faucet in the hall, each office, $1.50; boarding houses and boarding schools, for domestic use only, the same as for private families; bathrooms, waterclosets and urinals in connect ion with stores and offices, for each store or office using same, $1.50; water for laundries furnished only through meter; barber shops, for first, chair, $3; each additional chair, $2; hotels, saloons, and livery stables furnished through meters—in no case will the amount charged be less than seventy-five cents per month; private stable, one horse, $2, each additional horse, $1.50—the charge for stable use includes water for washing wagons; dry goods and fancy notion stores, $7.50; stores with fountains, $10; other stores, $3 to $5; cattle, single, $1; each additional one, fifty cents; yard and streetsprinklers, to be used only between 5 a. m. and 8 a. m. and between 4 p. m. and 9 p. m., and no sprinkler to be used over four hours per day, for season of six months, for every fifty feet or fraction thereof, $2.50; two cents per foot for each additional foot of frontage; water for building purposes, $2 to $10; greenhouses, where products are utilized for sale, furnished through meter; private greenhouses, special rates: water for manufacturing purposes, furnished only through meter; water for all purposes not above enumerated, subject to special rates.
Among the rules and ordinances of the waterworks department may be quoted the following:
No tenant or owner will be allowed to supply water to any other person or families. If found so doing, the supply will be stopped, and the amount of payment forfeited, and a fine of $5 will be imposed.
No addition or alteration whatever in, or about any service pipe or water-cock shall be made or caused to be made by persons taking water without notice thereof being previously given to, and permission had in writing from the board.
All persons taking city water must keep their own service pipes, street taps, curb boxes and all fixtures connected therewith in good repair and protected from frost at their own risk and expense, and shall prevent all waste of water.
Sprinklers and hand hose for street or yard must be used only between the hours of 5 and 8 a. m., and between 4 and 9 p. m., and no sprinkler must be used over four hours in one day, and no person will be allowed to sprinkle adjoining or opposite property, and, if found out of order or leaking, or used contrary to rules, the supply will lie shut off without previous notice. All persons using a hose either in front or rear of the premises, from hydrant or faucet connections, without first obtaining a permit, will be snbject to a line of $5 for each and every offence. Fine for using sprinkler on street, lawn, garden, or walks at hours not permitted in the rales and regulations, $5. Sprinkling permits will be granted only on premises where water is paid for, for family purposes.
No hydrant will be allowed on the sidewalks, and neither hydrant or any other fixture in, or about the building or premises must be allowed to run when not in actual use; and if the drip or waste from any such hydrant or fixture is allowed to freeze on street or sidewalk, the supply will be shut off.
All persons are forbidden to open any fire hydrant, or to use water therefrom, without permission of the board of water commissioners (except in case of fire) under a penalty of $10.
The commissioners shall have power to attach a meter to any premises when deemed advisable.*and all expenses of meters, their setting, connections, repairing and all water rents, including schedule and meter rates, and all other lawful charges for city water supplied in any manner, shall be a lien upon the real estate where such water is supplied. The commissioners shall have the power to prescribe the penalty for the violation of any of the rales of the water board, which penalty, if not paid when imposed, shall constitute a lien upon the premises in like manner as unpaid water rents.
The fine for infraction of any of the above rules, when not otherwise specified shall be $5 and in extreme cases at the option of the board.
Water rents are always charged against the owners of premises where water is used, and all bills are so made out.
It may be added that the water commissioners are constructing a large addition to the waterworks at a COSt Of $190,000.
The amount (writes James M. Hill, clerk to the waterworks board) was appropriated by the people last October,and the bonds were sold in December. We are now advertising for bids for pipe. With the exception of the dams, it is probable that the commissioners will do the entire work by day labor. This new improvement is the result of the recommendations of Mr. W. R. Hill, of New York, whose report the commissioners have followed to the letter. The board has retained Mr. Hill as consulting engineer throughout the construction of the work.