Advantages of a Local Section of the American Water Works Association
The Minnesota section has thirty-four members and is the smallest of all the sections now formed. By states, including Canada, Minnesota stands eleventh in number of members. Twenty-five of the thirty-four members reside in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth, leaving only nine members scattered around the state. There is a splendid opportunity for campaigning for members among the small city water works officials in Minnesota. We need the smaller water works men for their good and ours. The Minnesota Section was awarded the cup at the 1917 convention held in Richmond, Va., for the largest percentage increase in membership during 1916. It is hoped that interest may be taken in adding to the membership of the section, so as to hold the cup another year.
I quote from the speech of President Metcalf at the Richmond convention: “We should strive to reach and serve the general practioner, the practically trained man, rather than the highly educated or technical one, occupying a highly specialized position—to give this large class of capable men the opportunity not only to get together in annual convention, but to assist in developing and advancing the state of art in their particular fields of activity. The local organizations in any profession or calling have an advantage over those of national membership, in that they afford greater opportunities for personal touch and discussion.”
This statement by Mr. Metcalf hits the nail squarely on the head. Gentlemen: Have you really considered the tremendous importance of our position? That of furnishing pure, wholesome water for all the people. You that are using chemicals in the purification of water probably know the difficulties encountered in obtaining such supplies. I have been obliged to take up the matter of car service for the Minneapolis Water Works with the Board of National Defense. My argument for preferential car service was this: Suppose we could not get service and would have to supply impure water to 400,000 people, and cause maybe, a typhoid fever epidemic with a death rate as bad as the war itself, what shall I do? This suggestion worked. Minneapolis was assured car service. You can readily see how our section can be put to work, and the more members, I mean plant members, we get, the more influence the section will have. There are in Minnesota 271 domestic and 16 privately owned water plants, besides 264 privately owned well supplies. In conclusion, I would suggest that a resolution expressing the fullest loyalty of the Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association toward the Government of the United States be presented and adopted.
*Excerpts from a paper read at the November meeting of the Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association.
The resolution as suggested by Mr. Cappelen was adopted by the Minnesota Section as follows:
“Resolved, that the Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association assembled in Mankato, November 10th, 1917, do hereby express to the Honorable Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States, their unqualified loyalty, and pledge their earnest and hearty support to their country in any capacity in which they may serve.”