Engineer Murdock, of St. Johns, N. B., submits the annual report of the water board of that city. Among the other interesting information is a statement of water rates which contains some items out of the ordinary. For instance, the rate on water furnished ocean-going vessels. The various schedules are as follows:
For every $400 of real estate on which buildings are erected, including the value of such buildings, on the line of any main pipe, or within 700 ft. of any main pipe, one-fourth of one per centum. For every $400 of any vacant land on which no building is erected, situate on the line of any main pipe, or within 7(H) ft. of any main pipe, one-fourth of one per centum.
For every $400 of all stock in trade, wares, merchandise and personal property (excepting household furniture and logs in timber ponds) situate, stored or being on the line of any main pipe, or within 700 ft. of any main pipe, fourtenths of one per centum.
Large buildings by meter at the rate of $5 for 50,000 gal. or less, and one cent per 100 gal. for any quantity over 50.000 gal., the meter to be placed to the satisfaction of the board at the expense of the applicant.
REPAIRING AND REMODELLING BUILDINGS. Each barrel of lime or cement.$0.05 But no charge less than one dollar.
That all ships taking water from the berths at Sand Point and elsewhere in the lower harbor, unless otherwise specified, be charged $5 for 5,000 gal. or less, and 5 cents per 100 gal. for all quantities over 5,000 gal., with no charge for meter rent.
That all steamers taking water from the public wharf at Indiantown will be charged $2 for 1,000 gal., or less, and 2 cents per 100 gal. for all quantities over 1,000 gal., with no charge for meter rent.
Memo.—Livery stables, hotels and places not otherwise excepted supplied by meter will be charged $10 for every 100,000 gal. or less, and 1 cent per 100 gal. for all quantities over 100,000 gal. up to 1,000.000 gal., and one-half cent per 100 gal. on all quantities above 1,000,000 gal. Special cases to be charged in discretion of the board.
At Shelby, N. C., the new municipal plant has just been placed in commission and the following meter and flat rates adopted:
25 cents per 1,000 gal., and all over 3,000 up 20,000 gal.
20 cents per 1,000 gal. for 20,000 up-to 40,000 gal.
15 cents per 1,000 gal. for 40,000 up to 50,000 gal.
12 cents per 1,000 gal. for 50,000 up to 75,000 gal.
10 cents per 1,000 gal. for 75,000 up to 100.000 gal.
9 cents per 1,000 gal. for 100,000 up to 150,000 gal.
8 cents per 1,000 gal. for 150,000 up to 300,000 Rial.
7 cents per 1,000 gal. for 300.000 up to 500,000 gal.
6(4 cents per 1,000 gal. for 500,000 up to l ,000.000 gal.
5 cents per 1,000 gal. for 1,000,000 up to and all over.
Meters to he furnished to consumers at cost.
50 cents per quarter, meter rent when city furnishes meter.
Boarding houses, hotels, cafes, restaurants, opera houses, livery and sales stables, barber shops, public laundries, factories, printing offices, public buildings of all kinds, jails, asylums, hospitals, billard and pool rooms, butcher shops, slaughter houses, photograph galleries, and steam boilers will be supplied through meters only.
New Orleans is counting over the number of national conventions of the various orders and societies that will meet there through the coming year, and notes that none of them is likely to be quite so appreciative of the $25,000,000 expenditure for water and drainage improvements as the American Waterworks Association.