PROFITABLE WATERWORKS OF BUFFALO.
The city of Buffalo today furnishes the example of a municipal-owned water supply. It is one of the foremost of American cities, with a population of not less than 400,000. It owns its waterworks, a pumping system, taking its supply from lake Erie, through large intake pipes that reach out into the lake some distance from shore. The system is valued at $7,750,000, and the receipts of the city from consumers of water in the year 1904 were $775,858—ten per cent, on the investment. Out of these receipts the city paid $172,790 for salaries and wages of employes in the bureau of water, and $294,581 were required for other outlays of the bureau— the extension of service lines, pumping station equipment, fuel, etc., leaving over $300,000 which could be devoted to other purposes of the city, or for paying off any of the bonds issued in connection with the building of the plant. Not only does Buffalo do this, but it furnishes the people of the city with water for all domestic and manufacturing purposes at figures which are convincing evidences of the reasons why that city is a growing and progressive one. In Buffalo the meter service rate is so insignificant that the person who uses it could let his service be continuous, and he would hardly feel the size of his bills.