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THE BEGINNINGS OF THE NEW ENCLAND WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION.

Issue 10 and Volume 22.

THE BEGINNINGS OF THE NEW ENCLAND WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION. R. C. P. COGGESHALL. The credit of the first movement towards forming a National association of water works officials should be awarded to a Massachusetts superintendent. As early as the year 1877, the late Mr. James W. Lyon, then superintendent of the Salem water works, discussed the matter with a few neighboring superintendents. He states that a good impression was produced at that time among the few with whom heconsulted; but no further action in the direction of developing a plan was attempted for the next two years, other than an occasional talk with some interested party whom Mr. Lyon happened to meet. In 1879, Mr. Lyon prepared and mailed a circular letter to all the water departments in the United States and Canada of which he had knowledge. The following is a copy. SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE, SALEM WATER WORKS, SALEM, MASS.,…

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