Springfield Department Calls Flat Rate Losing Proposition

Springfield Department Calls Flat Rate Losing Proposition

A new schedule of rales for unmetered services will go into effect, January 1, in Springfield, O. From the records of the waterworks department it is shown that the wastage in water is almost unbelievable. It is known that many users without meters simply let the water run in order to secure a lower rate under the old schedule. This, it is pointed out, they would not do, if they had to pay for the water thus wasted. The records also show that furnishing water on a flat rate is a losing proposition, and the higher charges are designed to bring the revenue from this source somewhere up to its equal proportion of the expenses. After January 1st, the minimum rate for water on a flat rate basis will be $6 per year. Heretofore it has been $4. The 30 days’ grace in paying water rentals will be reduced to 15 days under the new schedule. No change will occur on the rates for small customers. The large consumer will pay for the first 7,500,000 gallons at the rate of 10 cents per thousand gallons; for the next 12,500,000 gallons at the rate of St cents per thousand gallons; for the next 30,000,000 galgons at the rate of 0 cents per thousand gallons. The water consumed in addition to 50,000 000 gallons will he paid for at the rate of 5 cents per thousand gallons. This change in metered rates will prevent any manufacturer saving money by wasting water in order to pay for the quantity consumed at a less rate,” says City Manager Carr, who is quoted as also saying: “We hope the increase in flat rate charges for water will serve a two-fold purpose; first, will cause present flat rate customers to install meters, in that way a large wastage will be eliminated; second, by increasing flat rates the returns from flat rate customers will be made more comparable to the return from meter customers when the water consumed is taken into consideration.”

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