Leadership

Politics and the Water Department

Issue 15 and Volume 67.

Politics and the Water Department The evil influence of politics—understood in the most sinister usage of that term—is sometimes to he seen in the city government in connection with its relations with the water department. This is manifested in many ways hut its most unfortunate application is where a conscientious and public-spirited superintendent or engineer finds himself up against the stone wall of opposition whenever he attempts any improvements that would work for the benefit and increase the efficiency of his department. Often a subtle opposition makes itself apparent in many little ways in this connection which may develop at any time into an attempt to displace him and make room for a political favorite of the boss or bosses of the particular party in power in the city at the time. The hampering effect of such a situation on the proper development of a water system of a city…

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