To Meter Murphysboro, Ill.
That water meters are to be set throughout the city of Murphysboro, Ill., has been announced by President Willard Wall, of the Murphysboro Water and Lights Company. The work is to be begun in the immediate future and about 1,000 meters are to be in use within the next few months. Mr. Wall made the statement that the meter system very probably would decrease the cost of water in many instances, and intimated it would be optional with the consumer, once the meters are in, as to whether he pays as a water bill in the future as the past, or, at any rate, optional to corporations and individuals who have hitherto been inclined to waste water. Meters will be installed first with the heaviest consumers, unless special requests are forthcoming from lesser consumers for meters at once. The water company pumps over 2,000,000 gallons per day for the city with about 10,000 population, and it has been estimated that one-half of the water was lost through yard hydrants being open, etc. The pressure was very low for fire service and Fire Chief Albert Herring asked for the use of meters five years ago. When the system is metered it will, it is believed, result in increasing the water pressure at least 25 per cent. The water company last year replaced a lot of 6-inch mains with 10-inch mains and this year all 4-inch mains are to be replaced with 6 and 8-inch mains. The city has ten miles of water mains with 95 fire plugs, which the city pays for, and 8 private plugs.