METERAGE FOR RHINELANDER.
A strong argument in favor of the immediate installation of meters in Rhinelander, Wis., is presented editorially in a local newspaper, which says: “Is there any science at all in basing the amount of water used upon the number of faucets used by a family or a place of business? We say no. Then why not install meters at once at the expense of the water consumer and start right? Why prolong this wastefulness under another form and say we are going to a business basis? At least an opportunity should be given every consumer to pay for his own meter set on the lot line under the supervision of the water works superintendent. Then if he prefers to pay upon the basis of the number of faucets, he can make no complaints. We have in mind a city that was partly under the meter system until January 1, 1916, and a test of the 170 places still not on a meter proved that the waste on 70 of these places would take care of the 170, under the meter system. There is but one correct ‘basis and that is the meter system. Wc believe the city will give every man who wishes the privilege of putting in his own meter or rather paying for its installation under the water works superintendent and then wc will make a start towards a uniform and correct basis, and not until then. * * * We have faith in our water works superintendent, and wc believe he will be delighted when the time comes when the city water works system is on a sound and just financial basis.”