Water Rates Reduced at Memphis.
The Memphis, Tenn., water department has reduced its rates. The largest reduction is given the smallest consumer. An owner of a 3-room cottage, having a faucet in the kitchen and another in the toilet room, is charged $11 a year on the flat rate, which, with a discount of 25 per cent., makes the charge net $8.25 a year. Under the new meter rate he is allowed 2,500 gal. of water a month at the rate of 60 cents, or $7,20 a year, a saving of $1.05 or about 13*4 per cent. Chairman Wills, of the water commissions, says: “We heartily favor the use of meters because it is cheaper both to the department and to the consumer. It is cheaper to the city because when a meter constantly registers the flow’ of water, there will be no carelessness regarding leaking pipes, and there will he no prodigal waste. As an example, one day last w-inter. with snow on the ground, people imagined their pipes would freeze, and let their faucets remain open. The result was that we had to call the South Memphis auxiliary into requisition, and for each of those two days pumped 20,000,000 gal., or 5.000.000 more than the daily average. And all these wasters of water were flat rate consumers. The consumer r-n a meter is constantly to be benefited by reductions, but it is not the intention of the commission ever to disturb flat rates.