Newark, Ohio, Water Works

Newark, Ohio, Water Works

The Newark, Ohio, city water works has arranged a new schedule of prices for consumers of water in this city. The figures have, been compiled by Director of Public Service J. Edward Wilson and Superintendent Taylor Kussmaul. The tabulation shows the valuation of the plant, the amount of water pumped and consumed, and in fact gives a complete history of the plant and its operation, the revenue derived, the cost of maintenance and operation and the net profit derived. For instance it is shown there are 4,748 users for domestic purposes, those who use less than 820 gallons of water daily. The intermediate class, which uses less than 8,200 gallons a day, number 57. Manufacturers who use over 8,200 gallons a day number 11. The cost of getting and pumping and distributing the water is as follows: Lands, $13,462.12: buildings, $37,828.96; supply system, $23,901.13; pumping machinery, $37,841.28; mains and service. $400,861.59; fire hydrants, $3,719.70: reservoir, $15,555.11 : other repairs, $9,233.48. Total, $552,401.37. Depreciation and less maintenance, $8,808.23. The operation costs approximately $37,450.18 and the interest on the debt is $20,000, making a total cost ot $66,258.41 annually. The following is a schedule of the new rate to be charged. Incidentally the present rate charged is 15 cents per 100 cubic feet. First 10,000 cubic feet in one quarter, 18 cents per 100 cubic feet. Next 90,000 cubic feet in one quarter 13 cents per 100 cubic feet. Over 100,000 cubic feet in one quarter, 8 cents per 100 cubic feet. Of the 4,748 domestic services listed above approximately 1,800 will consume less than the 3,000 cubic feet per year, to which they would be entitled under the $6 minimum. The average consumption of these services would be about 12,000 gallons per year, therefore 1,800 times 12,000 gallons equals 21,000,000 gallons, which is the amount of water to be deducted from the total annual domestic draught (150.44 million gallons) to give the amount of water which would be sold at the domestic rate. The domestic users, under and over 3.000 cubic feet will pay the city $13,880.40 at the 18 cent rate. The intermediate and manufacturers’ services will pay the city $4,896 at the IS cent rate. The manufacturers will pay the city at the 13 cent rate, $5,148. The intermediate users, over 40,000 cubic feet and under 400,000 cubic feet, will pay the city $5,200. The manufacturers over 400,000 cubic feet will pay the city at the 8 cent rate. $9,867.20, or a grand total of $68,991. This will make the water works self-supporting without credit being taken for free water and fire protection. Should the water works receive the cash for the fire protection the rates could be made materially lower. Approximately one-half of the investment in the water works plant is for fire protection. The free water is as follows:

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