Spokane Pumpage and Waste.
It is argued that there is too much free water consumed at Spokane, Wash. It is claimed that the total volume of water pumped during the year will be about 3,826,507,754 gal. and the cost to pump this water has been about 4 cents the 1.000 gal. Of this the city gives away 719,009,850 gal. during the year and furnishes 9,200,750 gal. at the bare cost of pumpage to clubs and hospitals. It is argued that, while it may be proper to give away this water, the gift should be at the general expense of the city rather than at Ihe expense of the water department. Among those getting free water are the public schools for their buildings and lawns, the city parks, the army post, Ondawa inn, rescue-homes, orphanages, religious organisations, firehouses, the public library, watering troughs, city yards, crematory, isolation hospital, city hall, the street 1 prmklinc and sidewalk cleaning. It is thought that the different departments for which water is allowed should be charged the cost of supplying the water. In some cities school districts pay a half rate for water supplied schools. At Spokane, of 3,826,507,754 gal. delivered through the mains during the year 728,210,610 gal. have been free water leaving 3,098.297,144 gal. actuallysupplied to consumers. To many, therefore, it seems that there is room for marked improvement in handling the water problem in that city.