The Value of Water Meters.

The Value of Water Meters.

Water meters have proved of much value at Attleboro, Mass., and the Water Commissioners of that town make the following statements on the Subject in their report of 1893: “The advantage of the meter service is not in the increased revenue derived, for in many cases a meter on a service results in saving to the consumer in the amount of his water bill, but in the fact that the waste of water is stopped. The effect of reckless waste of water is expensive in the extreme, compared with which the mere cost of pumping is only nominal; for, if a town should continue to use twice the amount of water which is really needed, then the works would have to be built of a much greater capacity than really needed, requiring greater storage capacity in the stand pipe, larger sized mains on account of the loss of head friction in the pipes, and so forth, so that it is evident that it is economy for the town to employ all reasonable means to check reckless and unnecessary waste of water.”

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