WATER METERS SUCCESSFUL.
At Danbury, Conn., water meters are not only saving water, but they are also saving the citizens so much money as to be declared a pronounced success They have already demonstrated that the small consumers of water the householder, and storekeeper, have been paying a great deal more than their share for the city’s water supply and that the big consumers have been paying comparatively little. One man who has been paying $16 a year for his water, has demonstrated that he will save nearly the cost of his meter this year. The city places the meters wherever it thinks it can effect a saving in water. The individual who wants to put a meter in his house for the purpose of saving expenses can do so at the exact cost of the meter and cost of putting it in position. Many people who have meters in their homes are becoming particular about the little drops of water which are said to make the mighty ocean. They appreciate the fact that an occasional drop makes a vast quantity of water when they learn that a drop of water a second would in a year’s time amount to 2,700 gallons. A faucet running a veiy small stream will in a single night waste from 500 to 1,000 gallons. The adoption of meters will make the use of water motors very expensive. A motor for which water rent has been paid at the rate of $25 a year will use $25 worth of water in less than a week. A man who is familiar with the use of the meters made the remark recently that, with the city thoroughly equipped with meters, it would be unnecessary to make any addition to Danbury’s water supply in twenty years. He was of the opinion that the experiments already made have borne out that statement. The results show that it is to the city’s interest to put meters on the pipes on large consumers and the small consumers to put in meters themselves.