METERAGE

METERAGE

More meters were installed in Memphis during 1908 than in any previous year, the number being 1,529, compared with 707 for 1907. The total number now in use is 5,801. Of the meters set, twenty-four 4-inch or larger were placed on fire protection, elevators or manufactory connections. The following is a tabulation of information concerning the meters in use:

In comment this householder says: “The meter was repaired between March 6 anti March 23, 1909. the records for December 28, 1908, January 28 and March 6. 1909, apparently indicate inaccuracy in registration; at some other times, from the repetition of figures on two successive dates, 1 would conjecture a failure of the inspectors make complete rounds; hut from first to last my family’s water consumption, with little, if any, thought of economy on our part, has been so small that I have never paid at the rate per 1,000 cubic feet (namely, 30 cents), but always at the minimum rate of $5 per annum, which in practice is $1.23 per quarter. Prior to installation of said meter in said house I paid, I think. $14 |K‘i annum water rent.”

According to the last annual report of the hoard of public works for Geneva, N. V., estimated population 12,730, meters are now in use to the number of 2,527. Of these, 2,481 are in domestic use and 46 in commercial. Meters to the number of 127 were added during the year. Concerning a recent test of water meters at Fremont, Neb., the Tribune of that place had the following to say: “A test of meters owned by patrons of the plant who think they have been paying too much for their water on account of defective regulation of the little instruments is being carried on at the city waterworks hv Light and Water Commissioner Wright. The test was arranged for some weeks ago, hut was delayed for various reasons until late yesterday afternoon, when the first meter was put through the required course. A number of meters were tested Ik-fore 6 o’clock last evening, and more this morning. Up to the time of writing not one meter was found to he regulated so as to register a greater amount than the actual supply of water that passed through it. So confident is Commissioner Wright that there is no foundation for kicks against the efficiency of the meters that he is making several offers to induce people to have them put through the test. Each patron of the plant who wishes to have the test made is required to take his meter to the waterworks, where they may see the test made. If any meter is found to register more than the actual amount of water that passes through it, the owner’s w’ater bills will he rectified from the time he put in the meter until now. On the other hand, if the meter is found O. K. the owner will be expected to settle up all delinquent monthly payments of water rent immediately. He is further required to pay for the actual expense of the test the sum of fifty cents.”

The Springfield Union, of Springfield, Mass., after a study of water waste conditions, has the following to say on meterage: “The advantage of the meter system in connection with public water supplies was demonstrated in the case of the city of Brockton during the recent dry spell. Although in several Massachusetts cities sjiecial restrictions on the use of water had to he imposed, and in many others warnings against waste were issued, Brockton was not obliged to give even a thought to the matter. Springfield’s supply in the Ludlow reservoir fell dangerously low before the recent two-days’ rain, and a week or two more of drouth would, in all probability, have made necessary some measures to reduce consumption. Fortunately, when the Little river system is in operation, there will he an abundance of water for all purposes, hut even then the wisdom of avoiding undue waste will still obtain. Brockton’s per-capita consumption of water, as given by The Times of that city, is about 30 gallons a day. In Springfield the per-capita consumption is 120 gallons. In many other cities, notably Denver, Col., 300 gallons a day for each inhabitant is the average. The meter service in Springfield has been extended in the last few years, and now covers about twothirds of the entire consumption of water, but that there is still great waste in the unmetered service is shown by the high per-capita consumption. Under the meter system, with the consumer paying in proportion to the quantity consumed, the tendency to waste water is materially checked. On this subject the Brockton Times says: Brockton uses all the water it wants or needs. Other cities allow it to run to waste in a hundred different ways. As a result other cities have faced the strong possibility of a water famine the last few weeks, while Brockton did not even have to think of the water supply.”

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