New Water Rates for Sacramento

New Water Rates for Sacramento

At Sacramento, Cal., Commissioner Wilder’s ordinance fixing the water rates and service for the Oak Park and the East Sacramento water companies has been passed by the city commission. The rates will remain the same as now charged, but the city will be able to purchase the water for sprinkling purposes 10 cents per 1,000 gallons, instead of the present charge of 18 cents for the same quantity. One part of the ordinance forbids the companies from shutting off water or refusing to serve any person, firm or corporation with water, if the only reason given is the one asking to be served uses water from some other company. The following is a partial list of prices fixed by the commission for the companies: For each family occupying a dwelling, fiat, apartment or suite equipped for housekeeping, of seven rooms or less. $1.25; of more than seven rooms and not exceeding nine rooms, $1.50; of more than nine rooms. $1.75, and for each additional room, 20 cents. A lodging house shall take dwelling house rates. For each boardinghouse or boarding school, $2.75. and 20 cents additional for each sleeping room exceeding 10 in number, exclusive of those occupied by servants. A kitchenette will count as a room; bathrooms; toilets, closets and pantrys, in which there is no provision for cooking, will not be counted. No charge shall he made for lawns or. domestic irrigation on lots not larger than 13,000 square feet, when such lots are used as, and are a part of the domestic enclosure of any dwelling, fiat, apartment or suite from which water rates are paid. For irrigating such portions of such lawns or domestic enclosures as may exceed 13,000 square feet: For each 6,500 square feet or major portion thereof, $1.25. For irrigating lots which are not a part of the domestic enclosure of any dwelling, fiat, apartment or suite: For each 6,500 square feet or major portion thereof, $1.25. Theaters, $1.00; stores and other businesses not otherwise specified herein, $1.25; barber shops, first chair, $1.00; each additional chair 25 cents, for the first bath tub $1.50, each additional tub 50 cents; blacksmith shops, $1.00; bakeries, $2.00; saloons, $2.50. Stables, for each horse, mule or cow in private keep, 25 cents. Livery, sales and other stables where three or more horses, mules or cows may he kept, shall be charged as follows: For each horse, mule or cow, or stall or place for stabling same, 25 cents. Stalls boared up in such a manner as to show they are not used for stabling live stock will not be charged for. The rates for hotels are as under: For the dining department containing not more than 25 sleeping rooms, $5; not exceeding 50, $7.50; not exceeding 75, $10; over 75, $15. For each sleeping room of an hotel, exclusive of those occupied by servants, 10 cents; schools, $8. Miscellaneous changes are as follows: For water furnished for municipal purposes, other than fire protection, through meter or by measure, per 1,000 gallons, 10 cents. For water furnished through meters for other than municipal purposes, in quantities of over 30,000 gallons per month, each 1,000 gallons, 13 cents. For water furnished in quantities less than 30,000 gallons, per 1,000 gallons 20 cents. The water companies may charge three months in advance, when connection is made, but no further charges can Ibe made, except for proper monthly distribution of water. There is no indication that the private water companies of the city will go to law with the municipality, but it is confidently foretold that when the water main extensions of the city are laid, as provided for by the recent bond election, the independent water companies will do little or no business, or will be compelled to meet the prices now charged by the city.

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