Water Conditions at Wichita.
G. E. Hoffmastcr, president of the Wichita, Kans., Waterworks Company, has issued a statement of the present water supply, in which he says: “The recent dry season has been troubling a good many cities besides Wichita. The phenomenally small amount of rainfall this year has caused the water level to sink deep in the ground and as a result cites have adopted measures to conserve their water supply. In Wichita during the month of June there was no rain. The average rainfall here for the month of June since 1889, when the weather bureau was established, is 6 inches. The average rainfall in Wichita from January to July. 1911, is about 16 inches; up to July 1, this year, the rainfall has been only about 11.2 inches, which is a shortage of about 30 per cent. In spite of this, we now have a water supply of between 9,000,000 and 10,000,000 gallons daily. The domestic consumption exclusive of sprinkling is only about 4,000,000 gallons. The company is now working on the construction of live additional wells for the purpose of having available as large a supply of water as possible. We have just had an examination made of all the private houses using meters. There arc in Wichita 586 houses which have been on meters a year or longer, since July 1. We find that this number of houses show a saving in water bills of about 351/2 per cent, over the previous flat rate. Of these 686 houses, 69 paid more than their former flat rate; while 627 paid less than their flat rate. The company’s object in placing meters is not to increase its revenue, but to protect the service. A tabulation made of water rates in effect in 376 cities shows that the water rates charged in Wichita are from 20 to 40 per cent, lower than the average rates.”
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