New Rates at Woonsocket
The first change in water rates in Woonsocket, R. I., in 39 years, or since the city has been operating its own water department, has gone into effect. Mayor Daignault having signed a joint resolution of both branches of the city council. Last fall there was a movement launched for a revision of the water rates and the matter was under consideration for several months by a joint committee. This committee recommended a schedule which was supplanted by another by the Water Commissioners, and finally a third by the committee on water, the latter being the one which was recommended to and approved by the Common Council and by the Board of Aldermen. The Water Commissioners also approve the new schedule, believing that it provides a just solution of the problem, giving an equal charge to all consumers for the same amount of water. The minimum rate is now $10 a year, or $2.50 per quarter, abolishing the old charge of $5 a year for the single faucet. Meter rates are now as follows, based upon quarterly use: First 10,000 cubic feet or less, 21 cents per 100 cubic feet. Second 10,000 cubic feet, 18 cents per 100 cubic feet. Third 10,000 cubic feet, 15 cents per 100 cubic feet. Excess above 30,000 cubic feet, 7 cents per 100 cubic feet.
The proposed rates give to about 1,800 consumers now paying 30 cents per 100 gallons a reduction of 6.66 per cent. Will give to about 100 consumers now paying more than $22.50 per quarter on the 30 cent rate, an average reduction of 10 per cent. It will raise the present 10-cent raters.