The Jonesboro Water Plant
A statement of the Jonesboro, Ark., Board of Improvement, Light, Water and Sewer Districts, issued by Superintendent J. F. Christy, of the City Water and Light Plant, showed that the water earnings for the year 1915 amounted to $28,522.79, and the water operating expenses were $4,602.58. During the past five years there have been added to the investments of the Water, Light and Sewer Districts the following, all of which has been paid for: Plant extensions, $24,805.71; included in this are: new concrete stack, four new high pressure boilers, two generators, engine, two new wells, throwing over 1,000 gallons per minute, new switchboard; giving the plant duplicate capacity throughout. Water line extension, $13,575.72; included in this are: 8,000 feet of 6-inch, 2,200 feet of 4-inch, and 3,100 feet of 2-inch pipe line, besides a large footage of 3/4-inch pipe. The plant had 1,243 flat rate patrons in 1911. In 1916 it had 1,549, showing a gain of 306. There were 69 water meter patrons in 1911, and in 1916 there are 239, a gain of 17. In July, 1914, the districts were in such a satisfactory condition that the Board of Commissioners were able to make a ten per cent, reduction on water meter rates and a ten per cent, discount to patrons for prompt payment of bills. The statement says that now, on account of the completeness of the plant and desiring only that there continue enough earnings to maintain the plant in its present excellent condition and efficiency, the Board of Commissioners has authorized a further reduction in both light and water meter rates. No change has been made in the flat rates on water, but all water metered has been reduced about 20 per cent., and the meter reading changed to gallons instead of cubic feet. The new water rates now in effect are: First 3,000 gallons or less $1.00; next 10,000 gallons at 30 cents per 1,000 gallons; next 40,000 gallons at 25 cents per 1,000 gallons; next 50,000 gallons at 20 cents per 1,000 gallons; next 100,000 gallons at 15 cents per 1,000 gallons; next 100,000 gallons at 10 cents per 1,000 gallons; over 300,000 gallons at 9 cents per 1,000 gallons.