As of interest to our readers in other cities, we reprint below the current rules governing the use of water in New York city and the scale of water rents now in force :


The rent of all tenements which shall excee in width fifty feet, shall be the subject of sped: contract with the commissioner of public works.

The apportionment of the regular rents upon dwelling-houses are on the basis that but one family is to occupy the same, and for each additional family, $1 per year will be charged.

Meters will be placed on all houses where waste of water is found, and they will be charged at rates fixed by the department for all the water passing through them.

The extra and miscellaneous rates shall be as follows, to wit:

Bakeries—For the average daily use of flour, for each barrel, $3 per annum.

Barber Shops shall be charged from $5 to $20 per annum, each in the discretion of the commissioner of public works ; an additional charge of $5 per annum shall be made for each bath tub therein.

Bathing Tubs in private houses, beyond one, shall be charged at $3 per annum each, and $5 per annum each in public houses, boardinghouses and bathing establishments. Combination stationary wash tubs, having a movable division in the centre and capable of use for bathing, shall be charged the same as bathing tubs.

Building Purposes—For each 1000 bricks laid, or for stone work—to be measured as brick—10 cents per 1000. For plastering, 40 cents per 100 yards.

Cows—For each and every cow, $1 per annum.

Dining Saloons shall be charged an annual rate of from $5 to $20, in the discretion of the commissioner of public works.

Fish Stands (retail) shall be charged $5 per annum each.

For all stables not metered, the rates shall be as follows:

Horses, Private—For two horses there shall be charged $6 per annum ; and for each additional horse, $2.

Horses, Livery—For each horse up to and not exceeding thirty in number, fr.so eich per annum ; and for each additional horse, $1.

Horses, Omnibus and Cart—For each horse, $1 per annum.

Horse Troughs—For each trough and for each half barrel or tub on sidewalk or street, $20 per annum ; each trough is to be fitted with a proper ball cock to prevent waste.

Hotels and Boarding Houses shall, in addition to the regular rate for private families, be charged for each lodgirg room, at the discretion of the. commissioner of public works.

Laundries shall be charged from $8 to $20 per annum, in the discretion of the commissioner of public works.

Liquor and Lager Beer Saloons shall be charged an annual rate of $10 each. An additional charge of $5 per annum shall be made for each tap or wash-box.

Photograph Galleries shall be charged an annual rate of from $5 to $20, in the discretion of the commissioner of public works.

Printing Offices, when not metered, shall be charged at such rates as may be determined by the commissioner of public works.

Soda, Mineral Water and Root Beer Fountains shall be charged $5 per annum each.

Steam Engines, where not metered, shall be charged by the horse-power, as follows: For each horse-power up to and not exceeding ten. the sum of $10 per annum ; for each exceeding ten and not over fifteen, the sum of $7.50 each, and for each horse-power over fifteen, the sum of $5-

Water Closets and Urinals—To each building on a lot one water closet having sewer connection is allowed without charge ; each additional water closet or urinal will be charged as hereinafter stated. All closets connected in any manner with sewer shall be charged $2 for each seat per annum, whether in a building or on any other portion of the premises. Urinals shall be charged $2 per annum each.

Water Closet Rates—For hoppers of any form, when water is supplied direct from the Croton supply, through any form of the so-called single or double valves, hopper cocks, stop cocks, selfclosing cocks, or any valve or cock of any description attached to the closet, each, per year, $20.

For any pan closet, or any of the forms of valve, plunger, or other water closet not before mentioned, supplied with water as above described, per year, $10.

For any form of hopper or water closet, supplied from the ordinary style of cistern filled with ball cock and overflow pipe that communicates with the pipe to the water closet, so that overflow will run into the hopper or water closet, when ball cock is defective, or from which an unlimited amount of water can be drawn by holding up the handle, per year, each, $5. For any form of hopper or water closet, supplied from any of the forms of waste-preventing cisterns, that are approved by the engineer of the Croton aqueduct, which are so constructed that not more than three gallons of water can be drawn at each lift of the handle or depression of the seat, if such cisterns are provided with an overflow pipe, such overflow pipe must not connect with the water closet, but be carried like a safe-waste, as provided by the Board of Health regulations, per year, $2.


Under the provisions of section 352, consolidated act rS82, water meters, of approved pattern, shall be hereafter placed on the pipes supplying all stores, workshops, hotels, manufactories, public edifices, at wharves, ferry-houses, stables, and in all places where water is furnished for business consumption, except private dwellings.

It is provided by section 352, laws of 1882, that “ all expenses of meters, their connections and setting, water rates and other lawful charges for the supply of Croton water, shall be a lien upon the premises where such water is supplied, as now provided by law.” * * *

All manufacturing and other business requiring a large supply of water will be fitted with a meter.

Water measured by meter, ten cents per 100 cubic feet.


The rate charged for steam vessels taking water daily or belonging to daily lines, is one half cent per ton (custom house measurement) for each time they take water.

Steamers taking water other than daily, one cent per ton (custom house measurement).

Water supplied to sailing vessels and put on board, twenty-five cents per 100 gallons.

All matters not hereinbefore embraced are reserved for special contract by and with the commissioner of public works.


No owner or tenant will be allowed to supply water to another person or persons.

All persons taking water from the city must keep their own service pipes, street tap and all fixtures connected therewith in good repair, protected from frost, at their own risk and expense, and shall prevent all waste of water.

The use of hose to wash coaches, omnibuses, wagons, railway cars or other vehicles or horses cannot be permitted.

No horse troughs or horse watering fixtures will be permitted in the street or on the sidewalk, except upon a license or permit taken out for that purpose. All licenses or permits must be annually renewed on the rst of May. Such fixtures must be kept in good order and the water not allowed to drip or waste by overrunning the sidewalk or street, or to become dangerous in winter by freezing in and about such troughs or fixtures.

No hydrant will be permitted on the sidewalk or in the front area, and any hydrant standing in a yard or alley, attached to any dwelling or building, must not be left running when not in actual use, and if the drip or waste from such hydrant freezes and becomes dangerous in winter, the supply will be shut off in addition to the penalty of $5 imposed.

Taps at wash basins, water closets, baths and urinals must not be left running, tinder the penalty of $5 for each offense, which will be strictly enforced.

Fountains or jets in hotels, porter-houses, eating-saloons, confectioneries or other buildings are strictly prohibited.

The use of hose for washing sidewalks, stoops, areas, house-fronts, yards, court-yards, gardens, and about stables, is prohibited. Where premises are provided with wells, special permits will be issued for the use of hose, in order that the police or inspectors of this department may understand that the permission is not for the use of Croton water.

Opening fire hydrants to fill hand sprinklers or other vessels will not be allowed.

The penalty for a violation of any of the preceding rules and regulations will be $5 for each offense, and if not paid when imposed will become a lien on the premises in like manner as all other charges for unpaid water rates.

THE KEYLESS ALARM BOX AT Chicago.—At a recent fire at Chicago the value of the keyless fire alarm box was duly noted by a FIRE AND WATER correspondent. Its success is announced in the following conversation :

FIRE AND WATER Man — “ I am told you turned in the alarm for this blaze 1”

Old Gentleman from Hotel—“Yes, sir ; worked the entire thing.”

FIRE AND WATER Man—“ Excellent fire call that 1”

Old Gentleman from Hotel—“ Why, my dear sir, you have no conception of the value of the electric fire alarm system. First, I called an engine and hose cart ; next time I called came a truck, and the third time I pulled the box the entire fire department responded. Great system, that.”

The actual facts are that the man only turned the handle of the box door, which has an alarm bell to prevent false alarms. The department was called by the police, first on a still, and later by the marshal of the district. Imagination does wonders at times.

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