Rotation in Water Works Bills
A method of rendering and collecting water bills which has proved a time and money saver has been adopted by several of the water departments and companies, whereby the city is divided into sections and the consumers of each section receive and pay their bills at certain times of the year, so that the sections rotate. Where the bills are paid annually and semi-annually this system is particularly efficient. In these cases, under the old method where the bills would come all at one time of the year or of the six-months period, this would necessitate the employment of a large force of temporary clerks who, after the rush of sending out the bills was over, would have to be dismissed and a new set employed when the next period came around. This would mean that each set of clerks would have to be instructed in the work, necessitating a loss of time and a probable lack of efficiency. Under the new system the city would be divided into four to twelve sections, the bills rendered to the consumer in each section being sent out at a different period and the collection of them also rotating. This would enable the same set of clerks, a very much smaller force, to be employed permanently on this work, which would insure their thorough knowledge of the duties they were called upon to perform and a consequent increase in efficiency of the department. The same system, of course, can be applied to the bills rendered quarterly, the city being divided into three sections and each section paying its bills in a certain month of the quarter. This would spread the work similarly over the entire year and could be handled by the same set of clerks from month to month. Especially where the department is that of a large city this would mean a considerable saving in salaries, as the work being spread evenly over the year could be done by a much smaller force than when all of the bills fall due at one particular period. In these days of high salaries such a consideration is worth looking into by superintendents of departments who still adhere to the old system.