Reduction of Water Rates Through Meterage
Engineer W. A. Kunigh, of the Tacoma, Wash., water department, claims that the only possible way that the water rates of that city can be reduced is through eventual meterage. He made this assertion at a recent meeting of the Commercial Club of that city, before which he appeared, in company with Water Commissioner Ira S. Davisson. The object of the officials’ attendance at the meeting of the club was to explain the provisions of the new water ordinance, which gives the department the right to install meters anywhere in the city. In referring to the plans of the department. Commissioner Davisson said: “I believe if we can begin by putting in 500 meters this year to check the waste, and continue the metering from year to year, we can supply the city for many years to come without another pipe line. We don’t want to jump in all at once, but we wish the power to put in enough meters to protect all bv preventing waste. We have consulted engineers throughout the whole country, and they are all of one voice that the only way to serve a city with water is by meter.” The engineer gave the cost of metering at an average of $13 per meter, the total amounting to $230,000. The expense incident to the installation of the domestic meters would, he said, be borne by the city. He figured that the average saving to the consumer would be 35 cents, as the rate at present is $1.60, and under the use of the meter would be $1.25. Thus, not only would the city benefit, in the elimination of waste, but the consumer would also derive a very substantial financial gain by the use of the meter.