Springfield Residents Asked to Save Water

Springfield Residents Asked to Save Water

Conservation of the city’s water supply for economic reasons, as well as to prevent the general shortage which already prevails in the smaller surrounding towns from becoming acute is urged by Commissioner of Public Property Willis J. Spaulding, of Springfield, Ill. Due to the large increase of water being consumed since the cold weather set in, presumably needlessly used to prevent service pipes from freezing, the commissioner has issued a statement in which he suggests remedies for this apparent waste. “Since the cold weather has set in,” he says, “the demand on the pumping station has increased more than 1,000,000 gallons per day. It is apparent that many consumers are leaving their faucets open to prevent the freezing of water pipes. One million gallons at the ordinary rates paid by domestic consumers would mean an additional charge of $150 for one day. Of course, we have no way of knowing how many householders are resorting to this method of protection against freezing. If the $150 additional charge were divided evenly among 1,000 consumers, it would amount to 15 cents a day each, but, of course, some persons use a great deal and some very little. The department wishes to warn consumers that when using water for this purpose, they must expect substantial increases in water bills. Our observation is that very many cases of freezing are due to negligence or forgetfulnes in leaving windows or doors open, or in permitting the cold air to flow in freely through cracks which could easily have been covered. Reasonable attention to these matters would save water consumers a great deal of money which they are required to pay for repairing damage to frozen meters and pipes.”

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