Allied Water Works Groups Interdependent
We have not ceased to emphasize the truth that the various lines of the water works field are interdependent upon each other, and that only by co-operation can the highest efficiency be attained. It is therefore particularly gratifying to FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING to hear from the lips of one of the leading thinkers among water works men and a former president of the American Water Works Association, Beekman C. Little, an opinion on the closely allied relationship between the agencies which make up the water supply field, the superintendents, the engineers, the manufacturers and the periodicals, each, as he pointed out at the meeting of the New York Section, doing its part in the life and work of the association. Mr. Little, in his brilliant, semihumorous style pointed out the important fact that each of the allied groups mentioned, vital to the life of one another, fulfilled a certain important part in the scheme of things, and were so interdependent that the work of each was necessary to the whole. Indeed, as Mr. Little said, “Our lines are so close together that they frequently merge, and it becomes hard to distinguish the difference in our activities.”
What Mr. Little suggests is indisputable. The superintendent needs the engineer to plan, build and improve his water works and the manufacturer to furnish the needed apparatus, appliances and supplies. The engineer needs the superintendent to give him the opportunity for development of his skill and the manufacturer to supply that with which he performs the work. The manufacturer needs both to keep the wheels of his factory in motion. FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING is needed by them all to bring each in touch with the other; to keep them up to the times in new water works developments of which otherwise they could not learn; to promulgate the best thought in water works practice and perhaps most important of all to footer a spirit of co-operation between each and every member of the. water works field.
As for ourselves, FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING appreciates very highly the spontaneous tribute to our efforts to bring about closer relationship between the various elements referred to by Mr. Little, and in our attempts to serve all of the various branches of the water works business.
Whether or no Mr. Little writes the book on “Water Works Supply Men I Have Met,” he certainly made an excellent start in his paper at the New York Section meeting, for this address compressed into small space water works wisdom that would fill a volume.