“Phila. Water Dept. wants 28.5% rate hike” and Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens!

Posted: February 6, 2012 in Bidness, Health
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Perhaps in celebration of the 200th birthday of  Charles Dickens, the Water Department could cut it’s ratepayers a break…Say, maybe roll back prices to pre-war levels, if not pre-industrial?

Philadelphia is most bountifully provided with fresh water, which is showered and jerked about, and turned on, and poured off, everywhere. The Waterworks, which are on a height near the city, are no less ornamental than useful, being tastefully laid out as a public garden, and kept in the best and neatest order. The river is dammed at this point, and forced by its own power into certain high tanks or reservoirs, whence the whole city, to the top stories of the houses, is supplied at a very trifling expense.

From: American Notes for General Circulation By Charles Dickens

If water gets too expensive in this worst of economic  times, then we might actually revert to Dickensian conditions in our fair city, once renowned for its marvelous water system.

THE EDITUR OF THE TIMES PAPER

Sur, — May we beg and beseech your proteckshion and power. We are Sur, as it may be, livin in a Wilderniss, so far as the rest of London knows anything of us, or as the rich and great people care about. We live in muck and filth. We aint got no priviz, no dust bins, no drains, no water-splies, and no drain or suer in the hole place. The Suer Company, in Greek St., Soho Square, all great, rich and powerfool men, take no notice watsomdever of our complaints. The Stenche of a Gully-hole is disgustin. We all of us suffer, and numbers are ill, and if the Colera comes Lord help us.

Letter to The Times of London from 54 of its poorest citizens, published on July 5, 1849

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