Water Rates in Richmond, Ind.

Water Rates in Richmond, Ind.

The bid presented by the Richmond, Ind., city water works, although better in many respects than the contract under which the city is now operated, is open to objection in regard to the minimum rates for houses of six rooms or less. A house of that description can use 12,000 gallons of water a year without any change except the meter rental—$3 annually. Any excess over 12,000 gallons is charged at the rate of 25 cents per 1,000 gallons. The president of the city’s board of works, however, points out that in a six-room house more than 12,000 gallons are seldom used, and the average minimum rate is only $3 per year. Under the new bid, however, householders using 21,600 gallons or less per year must pay the water company $5.40—the minimum charge. As to the public schools: Under the present contract the public schools are supplied free and the reason for not inserting a clause providing for the continuance of the free water supply to the public schools, the city attorney said, was that the Roman Catholic parochial schools were trying for a similar privilege, on the ground that they were taxpayers, and for that reason entitled to the same benefits from the city as those who sent their children to the public schools. Under the new contract it will cost the school government several thousands of dollars every year for water and increase the amount paid annually to the schools by the city. The rate to he paid by the public schools will be determined by the amount passed through the meters. For private schools the rate is fixed in the new contract by the number of pupils enrolled in the schools.

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