The Illinois Public Utilities Commission has ordered a cut in the minimum water rate of Belleville, which will not be more than $2.75 a quarter when the order goes into effect.
The Board of Water Commissioners of Lockport, N. Y., have taken steps to make a thorough investigation of the department, with a view to meeting the demands of the State Comptroller for a self-sustaining water works. The State department claims that the city must revise its rates to obtain $14,000 additional income each year. The present rate is 10 cents per 1,000 gallons, graduated down to 3 cents where more than 30,000 gallons are used. The Comptroller claims that the latter rate is wrong, since it costs the city 3.9 cents per 1,000 gallons for pumpage. The city is therefore losing heavily through the large users, he says, and collected about $30,000 less than it should have during 1914. The minimum rate to residences using meters is $5.00 per year, regardless of the number of taps.
The Waupaca, Wis., Municipal Water Works Commission has made a change in the rates extended to the Soo Line, their largest consumer. For several years the Soo Line had a flat rate of $600 per year, but last spring the Common Council had a meter set and established a special rate of six cents per thousand gollons. From April 26 to September 1, the amount used was 6,963,000 gallons, and the charge amounted to considerably more than under the old rate. The Soo Line, it is understood, has had an estimate on the expense of installing a pump with which it may get water from its own mains, which were laid from the river to the railroad ground near the old pumping station before the company abandoned its old pumping outfit and began to use city water. The general rates charged in Waupaca to patrons is as follows: For the first 20,000 gallons, 25 cents per thousand; for the next 50,000 gallons, 20c. per thousand; for each 50,000 gallons thereafter the rate is successively 15c., 10c., 9c., 8c., and 7c. per thousand.