The Water Meter at Vancouver
GENERAL FEATURE ARTICLES
According to the Oregonian, of Portland, the Washington-Oregon Corporation is experiencing the difficulty usually met of overcoming prejudice against installing water meters in the city of Vancouver, Wash., and many amusing incidents occurred. One German woman, after the meter was installed, formed the habit of carrying all of the wash-water and dish-water out on the lawn to water her flowers and rose bushes. On Monday, when she washes, she industriously waters the lawn with the water that has done service in divorcing dirt from the clothes. With great difficulty, one family was induced to install a meter. The reason was discovered. The good housewife, desiring to economize on ice, had fixed the sink so that she could keep her butter, eggs, milk and cream in it, and had a constant stream of water flowing through to keep the edibles cool. If she had been compelled to pay for the amount of water she used, it probably would have cost her $10 a month. One man persisted in the idea that a water meter measured air and that he would be compelled to pay for such ozone as should pass through the device. He gained this information on learning that air passed through the pipes after the pressure had been so low that no wal could be drawn from a faucet. A meter will r turn when air is passing through, but the man believed it would and would not install one Thirty cents is the rate charged for 1,000 gallons of water, with a minimum charge of $1. At the end of the first month the German woman learned that she had used only 1,800 gallons of water and was angry because she did not use a full dollars’ worth of the commodity.