METERS AND LAWN SPRINKLING.
At a recent meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of Glendive, Mont., City Engineer Handforth, who was invited to explain the situation relative to the need of water meters when the new filtration plant is completed, interestingly discussed methods by which the proven use of water for lawn sprinkling may be encouraged under the meter system. He said a minimum rate may be charged, allowing ample water for domestic purposes and for irrigating a small lawn or garden. This would not allow for any waste, and if a hose were left running into a gutter all night the owner of the house would pay for it, instead of his neighbor, as happens under the flat rate system, and that if the piping in a house is so arranged that it is necessary to let the water run all night to prevent freezing, the house owner will either protect his piping or pay for the water wasted. To illustrate another method, Mr. Handforth cites the regulations of the water department in Kalispell, which provide that any consumer maintaining a lawn shall, during May, June, July and August, pay not more than ten cents per thousand gallons on the amount consumed in excess of his average consumption charge for the preceding eight months.