New Baltimore Meter Registration Code
A new code of regulations has been approved by the water board of Baltimore, Md., and covers provisions for rendering bills in irregular cases of water meter registration. The new code comprises the following regulations:
In case of rendering the first bill for water consumed, wherein a portion of the water recorded by the meter may have entered into the construction of the premises, the bill is to be rendered for the minimum quarterly charge for that portion of the current quarter wherein the first occupancy takes place. In event of failure to gain access to a meter, due to absence of the occupant or vacancy of the premises, a minimum rate bill will be rendered until access has been gained, when the account will be adjusted to the actual reading. When meters in residential districts do not register the bill will be pro-rated on the basis of the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Provision is made, however, that in all cases where a meter has not registered for two or more quarters the minimum rate shall apply. In cases of meters not registering on commercial or industrial water supply services the bill will be pro-rated on the basis of the corresponding quarter of the previous year. If this quarter is abnormal the average of the preceding corresponding quarter will be applied, or the average of the succeeding intervening quarters. If, however, the meter has been repaired promptly and there has been sufficient time of registration between time of repair and the next reading this period will be preferable for pro-rating the bill for the quarter during which repairs were made.
Marshalltown’s Water Works Being Rehabilitated—The work on the rehabilitation of the water works system at Marshalltown, Iowa, is progressing rapidly. With the installation of the power line leading to the new pumping station now nearing completion all that will be necessary for the engineer in the main station to do will be to press a button to control the pumping. The work of main installation is going ahead favorably and work has been started on the new filter beds.