Initiative in the Water Works

Issue 5 and Volume 73.

Initiative in the Water Works Too often the state public service commissions in exercising their authority are apt, through strict or repressive rules and regulations, to restrict or even destroy the initiative of the water works superintendent. When this occurs it is fatal to the development of the system, whether it he publicly or privately owned. Perhaps the most important and necessary quality that a water works superintendent can possess is that of initiative. To successfully administer the affairs of his department he must possess this quality in more or less degree. He must lie prepared to act whenever the good of the water works calls for it. even though such acts may seem to the authorities and the public to savor of extravagance. Sometimes, in order to provide for the future, it is necessary to spend more money than appears necessary on the surface of things. If the superintendent’s…

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