Water Meters in Philadelphia
In Philadelphia the meter proposition has found instant favor with the majority of water consumers. Many of the people of the city have voluntarily installed meters and have found that their water bills have been cut in half. The annual cost under the flat-rate system to the average six-room house of modern type is $16 per year, and the minimum meter rate is $8. Very few consumers of water in homes exceed the quantity for which the minimum charge is made. During the last two months there have been a large number of meter connections made by the water bureau. Chief Davis has pointed out that the use of the meter is an economy for both the consumer and the city, and the water bureau has hopes of eventually compelling the installation of meters on all connections, both new and old. Approximately 75/000 of the 375,000 water connections now have meters. Chief Davis has urged that the remaining 300,000 consumers put in water meters as a war economy measure. After May 31 water meters must be installed where new connections are made.