METERAGE

METERAGE

It recently became necessary for the water department of Canton, Ohio, to give “a vacation” to 14 of the 20 men who have been employed by the city to install meters on water services, because of delay in the arrival of meters. Over 1,000 are now on the way. The work has been in progress several months and already more than half the services have been metered and it is believed that the entire installation will have been completed within a year from the time it began. Former councilman Fred Hafer is in charge of the work and the water works officials say that the highest efficiency has been attained under his supervision.

A recent report on the water system of Stamford, Conn., states that there is no contract nor franchise between the city and the Stamford Water Company, which supplies the water, only a verbal agreement existing whereby the city pays $3,600 annually for hydrant service. The general manager, E. L. Hatch, is a member of the American and New England Water Works Associations. Consumption records have been kept by Venturi meters since 1913. About 85 per cent of all services are metered and all newly installed services have meters placed. Those unmetered are inspected yearly and when leaks are found meters are immediately installed. Industrial buildings and houses for more than one family have metered services. Controlling valves are located at the curb or near the main.

The annual report of the board of public works, Commissioner Isaac Gill, chairman, of Pawtucket, R. I., shows that at the end of the year there were 11,875 metered services in the city, of which 246 were placed during the year. These figures show a nearly 100 per cent, meterage as the number of services is given as 12,973.

The rule of the water department of Johnstown, N. Y., in regard to metered services is as follows:

Rule 21. The Board of Water Commissioners reserves the right to attach a water meter to any service pipe at any time it shall deem it expedient so to do, and thereafter to charge for the quantity of water passing through the meter at meter rates instead of the yearly schedule rates; and if any meter be attached after the semi-annual rent or other period of time for which water is used or to be used has been paid for, then the amount so paid shall be applied on said meter rates, and the deficiency, if any, will be payable on demand. When more than one meter is attached to the service pipes of any one premises a meter rent of two dollars per year will be charged for such additional meter. Damage to the meter by frost or hot water will be charged to the owner of the premises to which the water measured thereby is applied. When and wherever the Superintendent of Water Works may deem necessary, a check valve must be furnished by the owner on metered services and so placed as to protect the meter from injury by steam or hot water. No person shall take any water from a metered service except that which shall pass though the meter, or make any connection or leave any branch or opening on any such pipe on the street side of the meter. If a meter at any time fails to register, the quantity of water shall be estimated, based on a record for a period nearest corresponding that for which the meter failed to register, or, as the Superintendent of Wate1Works may direct. No deduction shall be made from the amount of any bill on account of leakage.

METERAGE

METERAGE

The Manheim, Pa., Water Company has already installed about 6,500 meters and 75 are still to be put in place. It is intended to open the meter system formally on July 1, as the company believes that by that time all meters shall have been installed, tested and the rate fixed. The present rental will prevail until then. When the formal opening takes place all services in the town will be on a metered basis.

Judge Darby in a decision recently upheld the right of the city of Cincinnati to compel users to put in water meters at their own expense, which was contested. The judge held that the regulation was reasonable.

The city of Alpena, Mich., has contracted with the Hersey Water Meter Company for 500 meters at $9.45 each. The action was taken in order that the city might be able to supply meters to residents under the terms of the new ordinances which provide for the metering of all services as rapidly as possible, and consumers may pay for them on quarterly payments if they desire.

The H. W. Clark Company, Mattoon, I11., manufacturers of meter box and water works appliances, has recently received a certificate from the War Department acknowledging loyal and efficient service during the war. Major General Geo. W. Burr, Assistant Chief of Staff and Director of Purchases, in a letter accompanying the certificate, which was signed by the Secretary of War, said that the certificate was granted for “prompt execution of orders and intelligent co-operation.”