Springfield Water Rates
According to figures quoted in the Sage Foundation report on the city government of Springfield, Ill., the local water rates “makes a favorable showdng.” Comparisons are complicated “since a number of different methods were being used in fixing rates, and comparisons between Springfield rates and rates charged elsewhere were, therefore, not particularly significant. Moreover the fairness of a rate must take into account the source of the water supply, size and ownership of its distribution, and numerous other conditions—considerations which are not taken into account in a mere comparison of rates. Something nevertheless can be said in favor of rate comparisons: They give at least an indication as to whether the rate in any given place is within the bounds of general practice.” According to authorities quoted in the report, “data from 640 American cities showed the average of the highest rates per 1,000 U. S. gallons was 27 cents, and the average of the lowest 11 cents.” The surveyors found that “the highest rate charged for commercial or domestic uses of water in Springfield was 14 cents per 1.000 gallons, while the lowest was six c’-nts per 1,000 gallons. Recent figures show the local rates slightly above the earlier figures, but they still are much below the average of the 640 cities. The more recent figures for the highest Snringfield rates are 16 2-3 cents per 1.000 gallons for both domestic and commercial uses, and where the rate is lowest 6 2-3 cents per 1,000 gallons for commercial uses and 11 cents for domestic uses. Thus at only one place is the Springfield figure as high as the average for 640 American cities; and in that case the equality of rates is at one of the least important points; for the 11cent charge applies only in cases where 105,000 gallons of water are used for domestic purposes each nuarter-year—an amount reached by only a few’ consumers.”
Marietta, Ga., has one new well which has just been connected with the water works and an examination of the water has proven it to he up to the standard. Another will be drilled in the near future.