Meterage Plan for Savannah
The water committee of the city council of Savannah, Ga., is to consider a plan prepared by Chief Engineer E. R. Conant to establish a water meter system in Savannah and to change the rules and regulations of the water department. The plan to be proposed will supersede and take the place of all rules and regulations now existing in the water department. It will prescribe how the meter system will be installed, the rates, both meter and flat, what consumers will be affected, and will fix the date of installation for July 1, 1917. The important features of Mr. Conant’s proposal is to recommend the installation of meters, which proposes to affect the following consumers: Blacksmith shops, owners of steam engines and boilers, bakeries, steam laundries, photogragh galleries, soda founts, hotels, restaurants, livery stables, owners of lawn sprinklers and fountains, either indoor or outdoor, automatic spraying devices, delivering water from a connection such as a rotary wheel, etc., greenhouses and florists, water motors, either for elevators or for other uses, dry cleaning, dying and scouring establishments, hospitals, chemical laboratories, milk depots, drug stores, marble yards, printing offices, pressing clubs, public garages, all manufacturing establishments, boarding houses and all bottling and bottle washing plants. The Chief Engineer’s recommendation also sets out that any consumer who is found to use water wastefully and after due notice is given that there is a Waste and the same is not immediately discontinued, shall be supplied with a meter. Premises once metered shall not have water supplied in any other manner. All services not convenient to be equipped with meters will be subjected to a special rate fixed by the Chief Engineer. It is proposed to collect meter rates quarterly and flat rates semi-annually. The new rules will provide for deducting meters, that is when the owner of a building wants to divide his water among his tenants occupying the same building or apartments, special or smaller meters will be installed in each apartment. However, the owner will be held responsible for the water rent. Provision is also made for fire services through the meter system. The plan provides that meters up to one inch in size will be supplied by the city, but will have to be installed at the expense of the owner of the building. All meters to be installed to be paid for by the owners. Meters over one inch in size will also have to be purchased by the consumer. The object of inaugurating the meter system, stated Mr. Conant, is to conserve the city’s water supply. In 1916, total pumpage was 3,789,000,000 gallons, the daily average amounting to 10,382,000 gallons. Assuming the city’s population to be 75,000, the daily per capita consumption amounted to 138 gallons, stated Mr. Conant. The River station could be eliminated for the general supply and kept in order only for emergency use.