“444. The apportionments or taxes referred to in sections 439 and 442, as well as all other amounts due for water or for meters, shall be levied according to the rules and in the manner prescribed for general taxes.
“452. The municipality shall not be bound to warrant the quantity of water to be supplied; and no person may refuse, on account of the insufficiency of the water supply, to pay the apportionments or taxes referred to in sections 439 and 442.
“454. The council may, by by-law, transfer its rights and powers, respecting the water supply, to any corporation, firm or person willing to undertake the same provided that such corporation, firm or person does not exact, for the use of the water, rates higher than those approved or determined by by-law of the council.
Every such by-law must before coming into force be approved by the affirmative vote of one-half of the members of the municipality and of the residents who have voted, as well as by the Government.”