Activity in Water Works Improvements
The month’s news is full of increased activity in water works improvements and the extension of facilities looking toward a more efficient water supply. Some extensive bond issues have been passed in November and December, notably those in San Francisco for the completion of the Hetch-Hetchy water system; Buffalo for a new filtration plant; Cleveland for its extensive water works improvements; Atlanta and several other cities, all running well into the millions of dollars.
Conditions all point the way to the resumption of water works activity. There has been a gradual decline in prices since the war period, greatly accelerated in the latter part of 1921. The necessity of providing work for the cities’ vast armies of unemployed men has also had a considerable influence on this result.
Another very important factor in this resumption of water works extension is the necessity for rejuvenating worn out systems which have remained stationary as far as improvements are concerned during the long period of the war’s duration and the inactive post-war season and which in consequence of this neglect have lost much of their efficiency and are badly in need of repairs. The growth also which has taken place in cities during this long period of inaction now necessitates considerable additions to and expansions of the water systems. All of this points toward a resumption of work in water works extension, especially as the excuse of exceedingly high prices now has been removed, and the necessity for these improvements has become in many cases imperative. So that without a doubt 1922 will see a great increase in the work of extending and increasing the efficiency of the water works throughout the country. Already many of the cities have laid out extensive programs of this nature for their water works and others are contemplating this move, so that even with the amount of activity in sight the list of improvements is very large. But undoubtedly many other cities before the first of the year will fall into line and a very active season of improvements for 1922 can be anticipated. This is a very encouraging outlook, not only for the manufacturers and dealers in water works machinery and supplies, but also for the water works themselves as it means added efficiency and consequently more satisfaction and less friction among the consumers.