Meters for Boston

Meters for Boston

James A. McMurry, engineer in charge of the Boston water works, says: “The installation of water meters brought about this very’ large decrease in the per capita consumption. Under the acts of 1907 we are obliged to install each year 5 per cent, of all services unmetered on December 31, 1907, and also all new services. This act was passed because the Metropolitan Water Commission, who furnish water to the cities and towns making up the metropolitan water district, were satisfied that the great waste of water could be controlled by the installation of water meters. If this act had not been accepted it would have been necessary to build a very large addition at great cost to the present system. At the present time we have 100,000 services in Boston, and only 36,000 meters. It is needless to say that with the increase of meters there will be a very great decrease in consumption. In Boston, as in many other cities and towns of the metropolitan district, meters have demonstrated their ability to conserve the water supply.”

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