METERAGE EFFECTS LARGE REDUCTION IN WATER CONSUMED IN DALLAS.
The city of Dallas, Tex., pumped through the filtration plant at Turtle Creek during the month of March an average of only 6,827,000 gallons of water per day, or approximately one-half of the pumpage for March of last year. This, reports state, was shown in a report submitted to Water Commissioner A. C. Cason and the reduction has been caused by the metering of the city water supply. The White Rock supply is now used only in case of emergency whereas formerly a considerable amount of water was pumped from that point. Notwithstanding the consumption of water has been cut in two, revenues of the department are practically unchanged, Commissioner Cason said. The surplus pumpage simply represented waste. The receipts for the fiscal year will be about $30,000 less than the receipts for last year, but this decrease will be made up again in May. The reason, it is shown, is that collections for April always have been extremely heavy with more than half of the city under the flat rate plan. The second quarter was collected in advance. Now there are no flat rate collections and no advance collections, so that what ordinarily would have accrued April 1 under flat rates will come in May, June and July under meter bills.