METER CHARGE UPHELD.
The value of the water meter was well illustrated in a recent case that came up before the Board of Public Utility Commissioners of the State of New Jersey, at Trenton, the opinion of the Board in disposing of a complaint of a consumer against rates charged him by the Point Pleasant Water Company, upholding the bill as indicated by the meter on his premises. It appears that in 1914 the complainant installed a meter, and the water charge amounted to $66.30. Under the flat rate the charge, it is stated, would have been $47.50. He had the meter tested and found, according to reports, that it registered “within the allowable limits of accuracy.” In view of this, the Board of Commissioners, in its opinion, concluded that the size of the bill was probably due to waste of water on the part of the tenant. The Board held that the consumer was entitled to metered service, with the understanding that the meter may be removed only with the consent of the water company. The opinion handed down by the Board of Commissioners ranks, therefore, as constituting not only another official recognition of the material justice of meters, but also recognizes the liability on the part of consumers to waste w’ater.