A. W. W. A. Membership
The holding of the convention of the American Water Works Association in Canada this year presents an unequalled opportunity to all of the superintendents of water works who are not members to become acquainted with the association, its aims and advantages and to partake in the great benefits that attendance at its annual meetings carries with it. There is no doubt that the association will never reach its full usefulness until every water works men in the country is an active member.
This may sound like a broad statement and yet it is true. The water works men need, the association. It has a very real and a very lasting mission to every member of the water service. There is not a man in these departments and companies who would not reap some benefit from his membership in the association. The meeting together—both in the annual convention and in the local section meetings—with the consequent brushing up of ideas and exchanging of experiences alone are invaluable to a wide-awake and active superintendent or other member of the water works department. The discussions, both as listened to or taken part in at the meeting or read in the publications of the association, the use of the secretary’s office in New York City for purposes of information or in any other way that it can serve a member—and that office is always ready and glad to do this to the full extent of its ability—are all reasons why the water works men need the association.
On the other hand, the association needs the membership of every water works man. This is true financially. The more income the association receives the greater its ability to serve its members, and the more members it has the greater its income. But there are other reasons why the association needs all of the men. The very fact of its having practically the unanimous support of the water works of the country would tend to strengthen and improve its quality and would work toward increased efficiency in the administration of its affairs. The active co-operation of the smaller men, too, would counteract the tendency to which all associations of this character— embracing as they do in their membership many engineers and other men of highly technical minds—to confine the subjects for discussion to matters that, while of great interest to these individuals, are rather apt to shoot over the heads of the non-engineering members. Should the membership include the superintendents of the smaller water works, this tendency would be overcome by the discussions which would naturally follow of the every-day problems which the average water works superintendent encounters and which would fill up the major part of the time at these meetings. This does not mean, of course, that the discussion of more technical matters should be entirely eliminated or that engineers who are members of the association cannot meet on common ground with the non-technical members, for they can and do. Every water works engineer should be a member of the association and should contribute to the general good all the knowledge he possesses. These two classes of members —engineering and non-engineering—should balance and complement each other for the united good of the association.
Between now and the convention at Montreal every water works man in the country should join the association. He cannot afford to be without it.
When Attleboro, Mass., recently secured figures on laying a cement floor in a fire station, it was found that the new floor would cost only $1,000 less than the entire building cost ten years ago.