METERAGE FOR CHICAGO.

METERAGE FOR CHICAGO.

Cleveland, Milwaukee, New Orleans, and a host of other cities in the United States have found that the only way to stop the wasting of water is to install the meter system. When property owners in these cities were paying frontage rates for water they were known to show little interest in the condition of their plumbing. As soon as the meter system was introduced defective plumbing and leaky pipes became a thing of the past. Reports from these cities show that the installation of the meter system has actually benefited the consumer as well as the city. The citizen who keeps his plumbing in good condition and who uses water properly—which does not mean skimpily—does not have to pay for the carelessness or extravagance of his neighbors. The installation ot meters in those cities has had a disciplinary effect upon the public which is distinctly desirable. The waste of water in Chicago is greater than was the case in the cities mentioned. It is enormous because the city is ever so much larger. Mayor Harrison’s characterization of the waste of water in Chicago as “criminal” states the case precisely, says the “Chicago Tribune.” In advocating the substitution of the meter system of selling water for the present system of charging frontage rates the mayor is in the right. The meter system should be adopted.

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