Meterage System Recommended.
In his annual report Commissioner of Public Works Pond, of Schenectady, N. Y., strongly recommends the metering of the entire city. Stored in the public works building are about 200 water meters. “What is the sense of having part of the city metered and the other part on the flat rate?” he asks. Until the whole city is supplied these 200 meters will be left undisturbed. An investigation of the water problem has convinced him that some measure must be adopted shortly to lessen the wicked waste on the part of the consumers. If these persons had to pay for their extravagance they would quickly reform in their practices. The budget for last year called for $146,431.25 for the bureau of water, to be raised by taxation. Mr. Pond reiterated his statement that this could be greatly reduced through the use of meters, and the abolishing of the flat rate. He referred to Yonkers. In that city the water meter is universally in use. A few weeks ago he called on the superintendent of the bureau of water there, and learned that the system has given the best of satisfaction. At tirst there was a general “kick” on the part of the citizens, but this died out as soon as persons by habit eliminated all waste. Then the rate was in many instances decreased. To meter the city, Mr. Pond has reported to the board of estimate and apportionment, would cost $40,000.