To Meter New York Apartments
Reference has been made in this journal to the proposition to meter apartment houses in the city of New York and the resolution adopted by the Advisory Council of real estate interests said: “That the Commissioner of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity by and hereby is authorized to install, or cause to be installed, water meters in any or all apartment houses having passenger elevators in the city of New York, pursuant to section 475 of the Greater New York Charter, as amended by chapter 602 of the laws of 1916.” Public heatings are now being given by the Board of Aldermen in various sections of the city. This matter has been the subject of continual conferences between members of the council and Commissioner Williams and Deputy Commissioner Wilcox, of the Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity, and investigations of the meter system in different cities have been made by the advisory council, particularly in Boston, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. These investigations followed the hearing before the Board of Estimate and Apportionment upon the appropriation of $33,000,000 for the development of the Schoharie Water System. At this hearing it was stated by the city officials that the municipal water supply for New York will cost approximately $160,000,000 by the year 1925. Facts were also advanced to show that it would be necessary to expend many millions of dollars more for additional water supply up-State unless a plan could be devised to prevent the waste of water throughout the city. The only plan suggested to reduce the water consumption was that of metering buildings and, with this purpose in mind, the Legislature last year enacted into law a bill which would permit meters to be installed in all buildings upon the consent of the Board of Aldermen. The advisory council supports the present proposition of the Water Commissioner to install meters only in elevator apartments. It has not declared in favor of universal metering throughout the city.