Urge Meterage at Philadelphia
At a meeting of the Engineers’ Club at Philadelphia on November 18 the subject of establishing a thorough meterage system at that city was discussed. It was the almost unanimous contention of those in attendance that the increased revenue and conservation of the water supply effected by the adoption of such an improvement would more than pay for the initial expenditures involved.
Paul Lanham, water survey engineer of Washington, D. C., told how the use of meters in that city had resulted in swelling the municipal revenue and conserving the supply. According to Engineer J. L. Ericcson of Chicago similar results have been obtained from the partial meterage in his city. Alfred Oswald of the Jersey City water department also spoke in connection with the excellent results of meterage in Jersey City.
Regarding the consumption at Philadelphia, F. C. Dunlap, formerly chief of the Bureau of Water in that city, said that the total volume of water filtered and used in 1923 was 117,000,000 gallons. Estimating the population of 1,900,000, this gives a per capita consumption of 170 gallons. On January 1, 1924, the city had 106,000 services metered out of a total of 387,600, of 26 per cent.
Henry Ford’s Appeal Saves Youthful Firebug From Prison —The eighteen-year-old young man who set fire to seven barns on Henry Ford’s estate last April and was sentenced to spend his early manhood in some prison was put on probation following the appeal by Mr. Ford. Mr. Ford has guaranteed that he would send the young man to the Ford trade school.
Firemen Plunge Twenty Feet Into Cellar Fighting Rahway, N. J., Blaze—Lieutenant Edgar Lynch and Fireman Harry Cooper of the Rahway, N. J„ fire department were badly injured late last month when they fell twenty feet into a coal cellar while fighting a fire in the first floor of the Woodruff Building. They were taken to the Rahway hospital. The fire started in the kitchen of a restaurant and did about $4,000 damage.
Carelessness With Matches Causes 499 Fires in Boston During 1923—According to a report from the Boston, Mass., Protective Department the total fire losses in 1923 on buildings in Boston was $1,932,424 and on contents, $4,353,875, or a total of $6,286,299, which is $2,981,703 more than the 1922 loss. The losses involve 2,320 fires, 499 of which were caused by carelessness with matches, 258 from smoking, 152 by electricity, 143 by exposure to fires near by, 140 by overheated or defective stoves, furnaces, etc., 109 by open lights, 86 by sparks from combustion, 79 by sparks on roof, 60 by explosions, 58 by petroleum and its products, 57 by defective flues and chimneys, 50 by spontaneous combustion, 41 by hot ashes, 34 by fireworks and the balance by miscellaneous other causes.