Peace and Water Meters

Peace and Water Meters

Little Rock, Ark., has this particular interest in the peace conference at Versailles, that the meter ordinance passed by the city council on October 7 last and accepted by the Arkansaw Water Company on October 15 provides that the company may, for a period equal to the duration of the present war and 12 months after the declaration of peace with Germany, charge by meter measurement for all water furnished by it to customers and may install meters for the measurement of water. All meters installed under the provisions of this ordinance must he removed, unless the consumer requests the retention of the motorized service, “at the expiration of the period of this grant.” Thus by this novel and decidedly indefinite provision, twelve months after the signing of the peace treaty between the Allies and Germany, the company, unless its customers realize the advantage that the use of meters bring to them, will he compelled by law to undo all the good work accomplished by the installation of some five thousand meters in the homes and business houses of the city, and return to the antiquated and unfair fiat rate system. Verily, the acts of citv fathers are not always understandable.

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