The Water Supply of Rio Janeiro.

The Water Supply of Rio Janeiro.

Consul-General George E. Anderson, in reporting that the Brazilian Government has made its plans for large additions to the supply of water for Rio de Janeiro, writes as follows; Additions are now being made which involve an expenditure of 30,000,000 milreis, or substantially $9,000,000 and which will eventually bring an additional supply of 204,000,000 liters (liter= 1.05 quarts) of water per day. The present supply is 146,000,000 liters from 11 stations. These expenditures are made by the Federal Government of Brazil as a national matter. Rio dc Janeiro is, like Washington, the capital, and located in a district belonging to the National Government. Water taxes are paid in Rio de Janeiro as in other cities and are not high, comparatively speaking. But the improvements are made by the Federal Government without regard to the income of the system. It is treated as a governmental matter, independent of local income, and the necessity of paying interest on local debts. In water-supply finance the people of Rio de Janeiro are fortunate. The hills range away in their grandeur as if inviting the city to partake of their coolness, and no matter how great Rio dc Janeiro grows, its government is early enough in securing control of the hills to insure it a never-ending supply of pure, clear, faultless water.

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