Water Company Files Petition
The Des Moines, Ia., Water Company filed a petition recently in Federal Court asking that the injunction issued July 2 restraining the city from enforcing an ordinance repealing meter rentals be enlarged to permit an increase of rates which it claims is necessary during the pendency of their suit. The proposed increase in rate, according to the petition filed by the water company will affect less than 600 customers, all heavy consumers, and will mean an added income of approximately $35,000. It is asserted that if court permission be given, the water company will impose a charge of 30 cents when the average consumption is 100 gallons or less per day ; for the next 4,000 gallons a rate of 20 cents, and for all over 5,000 gallons, a rate of 10 cents. This would mean that the same rate is enforced for the smaller consumer, but on a graduated scale the large consumer will have his rates raised, being obliged to pay the flat rate of 30 cents for the first 1,000 gallons used, with the lower rate of 20 cents being enforced for all over 5,000 gallons. When this point has been reached the large consumer would pay for his water at the old rate of 10 cents for all used in excess of 5,000 gallons.