A Convention Aboard Ship
The novel experiment which the New England Water Works Association is to try this year in connection with its forty-fourth annual convention will be watched with interest by other organizations connected with both water supply and fire-fighting. It consists of a five-day convention on board of a steamer on the beautiful St. Lawrence River.
That this plan will prove an attractive one with the superintendents goes without saying—in fact the very large number of reservations which the officers of the association have received proves this fact, if proof were needed. The opportunity to take the Saguenay River trip, which is included in the itinerary of the convention, alone would be sufficient inducement to cause many to enroll for the week. But there should be other practical advantages in such a plan. For one thing, the meetings should be well attended, as there will be fewer distractions than usual and no opportunity to drift away from the base, as there is in a shore convention. There will be no outside trips to distract the attention of the members and there will be therefore less excuse for those who cut the meeting on the temptation of an automobile ride around the water works plant or other diversions usual in a meeting of this kind on land.
While there are to be no exhibits on the steamer, there still will be the opportunity for the manufacturers’ representatives to mix freely with the superintendents and perhaps get even better acquainted with them in the free and easy atmosphere of the boat than in the formality of a visit to a booth. Taken as a whole the experiment of a convention on shipboard should prove a pleasing variation from the usual city convention, and therefore the interest in the success of the New England’s experiment next September will prove strong.
Milford, Conn., Awards Contract for Standpipe—The water company of New Haven, Conn, recently awarded the contract to the Chicago Bridge and Iron Works for the erection of a large standpipe at Milford, Conn., in the western part of the town. The new standpipe will be 55 feet high, 50 feet in diameter, and will have a capacity of 800,000 gallons of water. When the standpipe is completed, Milford will have an adequate water supply to insure protection against a crisis during a fire, and also against a water drought that the town experienced recently.
Highest Powered Cable for N. Y. Fire Department—The General Electric Company will install an underground cable to operate at 132,000 volts for the use of the New York Edison company in the borough of the Bronx, New York. This line is intended to reduce the possibilities for the interruption of current supplied to the fire department for operating the pumps at a fire. The line will cost $2,500,000 and will supply twice the voltage generally furnished on a commercial line. By the terms of the contract, the company will pay a penalty of $400 a minute for the entire period the water pressure is inadequate during a fire, in the event that the shortage is caused from the lack of electric power.