American Waterworks Association Convention

American Waterworks Association Convention

The following addressed to the members of this Association through the columns of Fire and Water Engineering needs no explanation:

Gentlemen : As you are doubtless aware, the 32nd Annual Convention of the American Water Works Association will be held at Louisville, Ky., June 3rd to 8th, 1912; the headquarters being the Seelbach Hotel. In this connection we quote below a letter received from the management of the Seelbach Hotel:

“We beg to advise we have set aside 200 rooms to be occupied by the members of the Water Works Manufacturers’ Association during their Convention in this city June 3rd to 8th, 1912. We shall hold these rooms at their disposal until one week before the Convention opens, and trust to be advised by the members as to their requirements by that time. It is probable that we will be able to set aside a few rooms in addition to the above mentioned 200, in which event we shall be glad to do so.” We suggest that you make reservation at an early date.

Yours truly,


E. K. Sorenson, Secretary.





Continued From Last Week.


To the American Water Works Association:

Your Committee on Reorganization, appointed to ascertain the cost and feasibility of providing permanent headquarters and other means of increasing the usefulness of the association to its members and to the general public, and to recommend the-best method of securing these benefits would respectfully report as follows:

In the discharge of its duties your committee, as a preliminary step, discussed by correspondence among its members the matters which had been referred to it, with the intention of holding later one or more committee meetings in New York, at which it was hoped that some definite and encouraging conclusions might be reached.

It soon became apparent, however, that the finances of the association would not at this time justify any further additions to the expenditures, and that it was absolutely necessary to retrench and to reorganize the association’s business methods before trying to expand.

It, therefore, seemed to your committee that it would be unwise and improper to ask its members to spend time and money in attending meetings in New York until there was some likelihood of the association’s being able to undertake the larger projects, which many of its members hope to see ultimately accomplished.

Your Committee on Reorganization has at this convention met in joint session with the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee. The reports of the two latter committees have already been presented to the association. They show the deficit with which the association is confronted and embody carefully considered recommendations for wiping out this deficit and for so conducting the association’s business in the future that its expenditures shall not exceed its income.

Your Committee on Reorganization would here most heartily endorse the recommendations in the two reports just referred to and feels sure that every member of this association who has its interests at heart will be prompt in the payment of his dues and of the special assessment ordered without a dissenting vote yesterday.

It is imperative that this be done in order that with a clean balance sheet and an assured income your Committee on Reorganization may be enabled to present to the association for its consideration some definite plan for those larger projects which so many of its members feel should soon be undertaken.

Respectfully submitted.






To the American Water Works Association:

GENTLEMEN: The past year your committee has directed its attention to the matter of standard public fire hydrants and to the standardization of steam coal for pumping stations. No conclusion has as yet been reached upon either subject on account of the extended research required to ascertain the essential facts.

The subject of placing fire hydrants upon a standard basis under the heading of a “National Standard” is at present taking the form of requiring a certain efficiency of delivery in percentage of the theoretical discharge under any certain selected head of water, leaving the details of design and construction in the hands of the manufacturers, and it is thought that a standard fixed for a desirable rate of delivery is sufficient in the form of restriction towards uniform products.

A movement is now on foot to bring about a conference committee upon the fire hydrant subject between the National Fire Protection Association, the New England Water Works Association and the American Water Works Association and a committee for the fire hydrant manufacturers. A good start has been made by the N. F. P. A. and the N. E. W. W. A. in an outline specification, and it is hoped that a general conference as above will result in accomplishing the desired ends.

With reference to standardizing steam coal for pumping stations little has yet been accomplished by your committee, but the thought is to endeavor to place the quality upon the basis of heat units in considering the competitions in prices per ton, or any other convenient unit of quantity or weight. The value of coal for steam is based of course upon the number of available heat units that can be bought for any certain sum of money. There are a number of items which must be considered in arriving at a conclusion, and an accumulation of facts is necessary before much progress can be made. It is hoped that a conclusion may be reached and reported at the convention following that at New Orleans. Respectfully submitted,

CHAS. A. HAGUE, Chairman;




To the American Water Works Association:

GENTLEMEN: Your Committee on Fire Protection has nothing special to report this year and has held no meeting. The only subject of interest which might have come before the committee is the standardizing of public fire hydrants; hut as this matter has been taken up by the Committee on Waterworks Standards it was thought best to leave it there for a while at least.

The subject of fire hose will he taken up shortly by the committee, but the subject is held in abeyance at present on account of the pending action of the National Fire Protection Association upon the same matter. There seems to be several diplomatic considerations in regard to manufacturers of fire hose which make progress rather slow; there is a feeling that injustice and embarrassment in respect to the manufacturers might result if all phases of the situation are not very carefully canvassed, for the reason that in standardizing appliances for fighting fire which conic under the head of manufactured goods under sharp competition it is sometimes difficult to make the standardization broad and general enough to accomplish a useful purposes and at the same time avoid interference with details of design and manufacture. There is possible danger of injuring some manufacturers to the advantage of others, which is to be avoided in every way practicable. After due consideration a standard will have to be established, if one is needed, which will afford the best practicable hose, both as to quality and sizes, and whoever are standing in the way of results necessary to reduce insurance rates to a minimum and afford the most unfailing protection against fire losses may have to he given time enough to place themselves in a safe commercial position.

Respectfully submitted.


Chairman Committee on Fire Protection.


This paper was printed in FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING of April 27.


President Mason: Gentlemen, this paper is before you for discussion. The previous paper having been printed in the advance copy, of course it has been examined by those interested in the question; therefore, you are as well prepared to discuss the two together as though the other had been read.

Theodore A. Leisen: I would like to ask the last speaker about how many meters are read by each meter-reader and how many are handled by each reader?

A. W. Cuddehack: From 110 to 150 is supposed to be an average day’s work working eight hours. There are certain places where a man cannot read as many as 100, and a few places only where he can go as high as 140; the average perhaps is 120.

J. M. Diven: Are the meters set in boxes at the curb line or inside of the buildings?

A. W. Cuddehack: All our meters are set in the cellar—practically all.

Beekman C. Little: I would like to ask what are the highest wages paid the meter reader; also, if changing the routes does not waste a good deal of time by the men not being accustomed to the location?

Mr. Cuddeback: I think the answer to that question was made when I said we endeavored to keep our meter-readers at that business as long as we could, and they get familiar with the entire plant. While our meters arc scattered in three towns, we have a quarterly reading each month; our meter-reading force is not very large, but is kept busy all the time, and they get familiar with the territory as a whole. We have about 12,000 meters.

Mr. Leisen: I might say about changing the routes, that we have been following that practice in Louisville right along for the last year or so with very good success. We do not believe that we lose any time that way because all of the different meter-readers become very familiar with all of the routes, and if for any reason one happens to be sick or leaves it does not necessitate the immediate breaking in of a new man over his route.

Mr. Davis: We have four readers, one following the other. One man reads the meter this time and another man the next time. We deliver bills quarterly, but read the meters monthly.

Mr. Cuddeback: We have a certain number of meters which we read monthly. We started out to read them all monthly, but we found that it was not a matter of sufficient importance to make it the rule.

Mr. Randall, Toronto, Out.: While I think that the writer of the paper went very carefully into the subject, perhaps it would not be amiss to draw your attention to the position in which we in Canada have recently found ourselves, owing to the passage of a bill in the House which slipped through before the municipality knew anything of it and by the terms of which we arc compelled to have all meters inspected by a government inspector, and who places a seal Upon it after which the meter cannot he touched again by any member of the municipality until the government inspector is present. I need not tell you that we put up a pretty strong fight against this, and the city engineer of Toronto, the deputy engineer and myself had a long conversation with the government officials and tried to show them the impossibility of such a bill being practical. The bill, nevertheless, passed. For years it had been the custom when meters were brought into the shop and repaired the dials were set hack to zero. The government officials were strongly opposed to that, and since then we have been in the habit when meters are brought in for repairs of keeping the readings and sending them out again after repair, just as they read when taken up. I think care should be used as to care of dials, because that seems to be a very strong point on our side of the line, and great objections are taken to the fact that meter dials are liable to be changed by the readers and others. They object to the seal being broken and the dial taken off when repairs are made, unless the meter is properly tested again before being sent out.

Mr. Wehr, of Baltimore. Md.: Does not the gentleman consider it good practice that the meter should be tested and sealed in the shop and should under no circumstances be opened on the ground, but only in the shop?

Mr. Cuddehack: I should certainly consider that good practice: but that applies, of course, to the seal on the register box only. We use an ordinary wax seal.


The convention met pursuant to adjournment, President Mason in the chair.

Willis B. Durlin, of Erie Pa., read his paper on “A Railway Episode,” which was printed in the last issue of this journal. It was discussed by Messrs. Gwinn, Barnett, Randall, Rosamond, Lyon, Milne, Cramer, Worrell, Reimer, Ledoux and Sykes.

Wilson F. Monfort, of St. Louis, Mo., read his paper on “Action of St. Louis Water on Metals and Alloys,” which was followed by a short discussion by Dr. Mason and Mr. Ladoux. This was followed by J. W. Ledoux, of Philadelphia, Pa., who read his paper on “Water Rates and Extensions.” It was discussed by Mr. Worrell, who suggested further discussion be had by correspondence.

W. J. Spaulding, of Springfield, Ill., read a paper on “Extensions of Mains,” which was generally discussed by Messrs. Diven, Reimer, Ledoux, Wehr, Worrell, Cramer, Young, Milne, Davis, Potter, Rosamond, Sykes, Durlin, Mason, Randall, Gwinn and Caulfield.

In the absence of their authors the following two papers, received too late to appear on program or in advance papers, having been favorably reported on by the Publication Committee, were read by title and ordered printed in the proceedings, viz.:

“Experience with Cement Mains at Rahway, N. J.,” by William Bishop, superintendent of water department. Rahway, N. J.

“Removal of Iron in Organic Combination; a Problem and Solution,” by John R. Downes, Cristobal, C. Z., Panama.

On motion it was decided to complete all business of the convention this afternoon and hold no evening session On motion adjourned to 2 p. m.


The convention met pursuant to recess, VicePresident Milne in the chair.

The question box was taken up and disposed of, as elsewhere reported in journal of proceedings.

Alexander Milne. St. Catherines, Out., gave his paper on “The Danger of Contaminating a Water Supply by Back Pressure from Fire Pumps,” which was printed in the last issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. It was discussed by Messrs. Erwin M. Peek, Thomas, Ruttan, Gwinn and Diven.

In the absence of the author the paper by W. H. Glore, Salt Lake City, Utah, “Suggestions as to Waterworks for Fire Efficiency,” was read by title and ordered printed in proceedings.

Secretary Diven reported application for membership from Charles G. Hersh, C.E., Lancaster, Pa., and he was unanimously elected a member.

In the absence of the author the paper by Alexander Potter, of New York City, on “Experiences and Results with Municipal Water Softening,” was read by title and ordered published in the regular proceedings. It was discussed by Messrs. Folwell, Ruttan. Diven, Reimer. Miller, Monfort and C. A. Brown.

Dow R. Gwinn, Terre Haute, Ind., presented his paper on “Advertising the Waterworks Business,” accompanying same with actual advertisements shown on bulletin board on the platform by way of illustration. The practical value of same was recognized.

E. E. Davis, of Richmond, Va„ gave his paper on “The Operation of the Settling Basins at Richmond, Va.”

John M. Diven, of Charleston, S. C., presented the name of Col. L. H. Gardner, of New Orleans, La., for honorary membership, stating that when this association met in Cincinnati in 1884 it elected as its president Mr. Gardner, and he had remained up to a few years ago actively identified with and prominent in all our work. He is now the oldest past president of the American Water Works Association living and is no longer connected with waterworks interests, but richly deserves the honor proposed. The motion was second by W. S. Cramer, of Lexington, Ky., carried by unanimous and rising vote, and the name of Colonel Gardner was inscribed on the roster of honorary membership.

On motion of Dow R. Gwinn, seconded by M. L. Worrell, of Rome. Ga.. a rising and unanimous vote of thanks was tendered to Dr. William P. Mason, of Troy, N. .Y, for his able, efficient and impartial administration of the office of president during the past year.

On motion of S. J. Rosamond, of Fort Smith, Ark., the following resolution was unanimously adopted:

Resolved, That the thanks of this convention of the American Water Works Association be tendered to the local committee of entertainment, who have done so much to make our stay in New Orleans pleasant and enjoyable; and be it further

Resolved, That we are particularly indebted to the courtesy of the local ladies for much kindness to the ladies and the members; and be it further

Resolved, That we tender a special vote of thanks to the Manufacturers’”Association for the enjoyable programme provided by it.

Secretary Diven: I want to break over the rules and do a little advertising. This is not advertising of anyone connected with the waterworks business in any particular, however. Our arrangements for registering the guests and members of the association in attendance upon this convention have been, I think, a little more complete and a little more systematic than ever before. This is due largely to the kindness of the Yarman & Erbe Company, of Rochester N. Y., who furnished us with the registration cards at a merely nominal sum, and in addition to this, without any cost whatever, supplied us with a cabinet for arranging these cards so that it has been possible at any time during this convention to inform any one as to whether any member that they wanted to know about was, or was not, here, and in an instant’s time also to tell what room of what hotel to call him up at and communicate with him. The system is one devised especially for convention work by this firm, and to have bought or rented the apparatus that they have kindly furnished us without any charge would have meant considerable expense. I, therefore, want personally to thank the members of the Y. & E. Company, of Rochester, for their kindness. I think the members will agree with me. On motion of Mr. Rosamond it was ordered that a note of the foregoing be included in our proceedings.

President-elect Alvord moved the apoption of a vote of thanks to the sewerage and water board of New Orleans for courtesies shown this convention; also to the Street Railway Company, to the management and employes of the Grunewald Hotel and to the local press. The resolution was adopted unanimously.

Mr. Gwinn paid a special compliment to the New Orleans Picayune and its representative at the convention, Mr. Wilkinson, and Secretary Diven added that all of the New Orleans papers had been exceedingly kind and considerate.

An informal discussion was quite generally participated in as to the best date for holding the 1911 convention, to be communicated to the Executive Committee for their information, and Secretary Diven was authorized to report the same to the committee in due time.

Vice-President Milne now requested President elect Alvord to come forward, and presented to hint a gavel as his insignia of office, wishing for his coming administration a happy and successful issue in all respects equal to that of his able predecessor. Dr. Mason.

President Alvord accepted the gavel and pledged himself to discharge the duties of the office to the best of his skill and ability. He congratulated the convention upon the amicable and friendly feeling that had prevailed and that was manifest up to its last and closing moments. He hoped that such would be also the case at Rochester.

On motion of Mr. Milne the convention now adjourned sine die.

The Exhibits.

The accommodation for the exhibits and their arrangement were eminently satisfactory. The leading types of meters, brass goods and general waterworks appliances were shown in large variety, as will he seen from the following individual descriptions:


A display of Keystone and Eureka water meters in graduated sizes from 5/8-inch to 6 inches constituted the offering of this company. The Eureka is an instrument for measuring water flow of the current design, especially adopted to handling large and rapid volumes of water. The Keystone of the disc type is made for use in connection with hot water streams as well as in the regulation model. Several pamphlets were distributed by the company. In addition to the regular descriptive literature the matter of meter system or flat-rate system was discussed in a neat little booklet with the evils of the latter set forth in a humorous circular.


Worthington meters of the disc, duplex piston and turbine patterns were presented in the space occupied by this company. Sections of the last named style showed it to be a development of the well-known Worthington turbine pump principle. It is a current meter, designed primarily to handle large flows of water with minimum loss of pressure, but is also sensitive to the smaller flows.


The “Milo” meter, recently described in these columns, was the feature of this company’s exhibit. Its many points of distinction were set forth in a neat leaflet. Their other well-known types—King Disc, Columbia, Union Rotary—were shown, with chronometer valves, water-pressure regulators and smaller supplies.


Badger meters in a large variety of models were shown, the familiar B, C and D patterns being prominent. Meter provers and extension registers were also included in an attractive display.


Niagara and American meters in large variety made up the offering of this company. A protected jewel-bearing gear, increasing the sensitiveness and prolonging the life of the meter, was pointed out. The Badger upright pipe meter connection also attracted attention.


A very complete display of waterworks material was made by this company. Included in the exhibit were the Hays-Erie extension curb boxes, gate-valve attachments, lead goosenecks, lead to iron and lead to lead flange couplings, corporation cocks, soldering nipples and roundway curb cocks. A hand-painted souvenir picture made a very acceptable souvenir.


Corey hydrants and Rensselaer valves have an assured standing with waterworks men. An attractive exhibit of these staple appliances was shown; valves of large range in use, but with a uniform solidity of construction that was apparent, and hydrants displaying inner workings.


The many styles of waterworks material furnished by this company made a striking display. In addition to their exhibit, this enterprising concern also had a sign in the form of a faucet with a flowing stream of water suspended in front of the Grunewald hotel. A brass souvenir “Key of Success” was distributed.


The feature of the Kennedy display was the “Newtype” water-gate valve, guaranted not to “lock, stick or leak.” This valve embodies the latest developments in scientific construction and is meeting with general favor. It has double wedging mechanism, parallel seats and independent stem nut, with a straightway passage the full diameter of the connecting pipe. Perfect contact of seat and disc rings, secured by the parallel faces moving so closely upon each other as to scrape off all collections of foreign matter, insure a perfectly tight joint. These valves will operate in any position with either disc toward the pressure. Supplementing this “head liner,” a strong showing was made by the Kennedy fire hydrants and their regular line of brass valves.


A striking exhibit was presented by this company. including manometers, venturi tubes, water meters for large pipes, controlling valves, rate of-flow controllers, loss-of-head and rate-of-flow gauges for filters, automatic air valves, combined air and poppett valves for mains, mechanical pressure filters and waterworks accessories. Their manometers and venturi tubes attracted particular notice and were favorably commented on by many onlookers.


The Quin-See box for water or gas, the I-X-L regulator for controlling tank water supplies and the D-B-M wireless pipe locator made an effective exhibit. The latter is a device for locating underground or concealed pipes. By means of the principles of electricity mains 10 or 15 feet underground arc located with precision, although covered with snow, boarding or. concrete.


Exhibits of lead and tin-lined iron pipe in section, the products of this company, showed the perfection of its construction. A solid composite pipe, it will stand the hardest usage and save its cost in repair bills. The pipe can be bent, cut and threaded as easily as any iron without injury to the lining, and the possibility of pin-hole leakage is entirely banished.


Appliances destined to become well known in waterworks circles are the Columbian meter box and Columbian fire hydrant, shown by this company. In the short time it has been on the market the well-machined bronze working parts and adjustable casing of the meter box have made it popular in its home territory of the South. Some of the features of the hydrant pointed out included free flow of water through the extra large waterway, the facility with which all working parts could be removed from the top of the hydrant without disconnecting, and the solid valve stem connecting the main valve with the bronze stem nut, insuring full opening and closing of the hydrant. The company is located at Chattanooga, Tenn.


Valves, corporation and curb cocks, goosenecks, expanders and the Anderson patent coupling were included in the showing of this company. The latter is the specialty upon which the company’s standing was built. The couplings, lead to lead or lead to iron, are in use in a great many water systems throughout the country. Sections of both types of connections showed their valuable features up strongly.


A large and interesting display of waterworks tools, including economical lead furnaces, patent gate with double discs and parallel scats, highpressure hydrants, valve-insctuig machines, corporation and curb cocks and the well-known Smith tapping machine was offered by this company. In addition to the exhibit of their regular line of appliances, this company gave a demonstration before a large number of interested spectators of their new hydraulic motor for the operation of large valves. The entire operation of opening and closing a 30-inch valve was completed in six minutes, which was not maximum speed, as the demonstrator wished to show the onlookers the nice precision of the operation. In an emergency little over half this time would be required. By the use of this motor main valves can be inspected at reasonably frequent intervals in the average city by a single inspector. This will guarantee the sure operation of the nearest valve when a main bursts and will not only do away with the inconvenience caused by shutting off the water over large areas, but will be a practical step in economy in saving breakage of stems,


A full line of brass goods was shown by this company, with a number of special features. Five different styles of water-tapping machines appeared with an old model, which has been in use by Frank Morrison, of Bloomington, 111., for thirty years, in the place of honor. This “old-timer” attracted much attention. Another feature of the exhibit was the Mueller metertester outfit, with tank and scales for testing meters from 1/2-inch to 2 inches, and also a branch connection used in connection with the outfit for testing meters from 3 inches up.

Other exhibitors were:

Wood’s Hydraulic Water Meter Tester Co., New Orleans, La.

A. Wyckoff & Son Co.—Steel-banded wood water pipe.

Pitomeler Company.

Weber Subterranean Pump Company.

Fairbanks Company.

Waterworks Equipment Company.—Lead furnaces. etc.

American Asphaltum and Rubber Company.— Pipe coating.

Allyn Brass Foundry Company.—Couplings.


Following is a partial list of those in attendance:

Williams P. Mason. Troy, N. Y.

Tames M. Caird, Troy, N. Y.

F.C. Hersey, Jr., Wellesley, Mass,

E. E. Davis. Richmond, Va.

Allen T. Prentice, Chicago, Ill.

Vincent G. Shinkle. Oklahoma City. Okla.

George G. Kennedy, Harrisburg, Pa.

F. M. Griswold, New York, N. Y.

L. H. Gardner, New Orleans, La.

A. B. Wood, New Orleans, La.

Alfred Raymond, New Orleans, La.

George A. Main, Daytona, Fla.

Edward A. Fowler, New Orleans, La.

J. P. Figg, Savannah. Ga.

R. N. Ellis, Jacksonville, Fla.

James J. Walsh, Meriden, Conn.

W. H. Bloom. Williamsport, Pa.

J. Wasley, Dixon, Ill.

Arthur G. Moffat, New Orleans, La.

Stephen Cahill, Manistee, Mich.

F. H. Shaw, Lancaster, Pa.

George H. Rutledge, Concord, N. C.

Edward W. Henry, Jersey City, N. J.

D. W. French, Hoboken, N. J.

M. L. Worrell, Rome, Ga.

Benjamin T. Shaw, Wilmington, Del.

S. J. Rosamond, Fort Smith, Ark.

H. N. Ruttan, Winnipeg, Canada.

W. G. Goodwin. Kansas City, Mo.

W. H. Randall, Toronto, Can.

George J. Rrackner, Jersey City, N. J.

Alexander Milne, St. Catharines, Ont.

L. E. Strothman, Milwaukee, Wis.

Isaac N. Travis, Orange, N. J.

Allen Hazen, New York. N. Y.

John M. Goodell. New York, N. Y.

Charles R. Bettes, Far Rockaway, L. I., N. Y.

Fred Manville, Newport News, Va.

A. W. Cuddeback, Paterson, N. J.

A. Prescott Folwell, New York, N. Y.

F. A. Barbour, Boston, Mass.

J. W. Ledoux. Philadelphia, Pa.

Edw. S. Cole. New York, N. Y.

John A. Kienle. Wilmington, Del.

James Owen, Birmingham, Ala.

A. H. Crowell, Perth Amboy, N. J.

Henry L. Lyon, Buffalo, N. Y.

Alfred D. Poole. Wilmington, Del.

Thomas Watkins, Johnstown, Pa.

H. Hymen, Berlin, Ont.

Dr. Frederick Guest, St. Thomas, Ont.

I. S. Holbrook, New York, N. Y.

John T. Eastwood, New Orleans. La.

G. A. Middlemiss, New Orleans, La.

S. Shields. New Orleans, La.

Pat. H. Williams, Charlotte, N. C.

Ermon M. Peck. Hartford, Conn.

Robert L. Jones, Houston, Texas.

Frank L. Dormant, Houston, Texas.

George G. Earl. New Orleans, La.

H. E. Keeler. Chicago. Ill.

Walter G. Kirkpatrick, Jackson, Miss.

F. W. Shepperd, New York, N. Y.

J. W. Armstrong, New Orleans. La.

Arthur G. Fowler, Trenton, N. J.

William Todd, Austin, Minn,

A. A. Reimer. East Orange, N. J.

Dabney H. Maury, Peoria, Ill.

Fred Litterer, Decatur, Ill.

Jay Chatham, Iowa City, Ia.

J. M. Diven, Charleston, S. C.

Henry B. Morgan, Peoria. Ill

Erastus G. Smith, Beloit, Wis.

C. Arthur Brown. Lorain, O.

R. W. Roberts. Saginaw. Mich.

Thomas F. Halpin, Newark, N. J.

John Caulfield. St. Paul, Minn.

W. A. Levering, Chicago, Ill.

S. W. Hume, Chicago, Ill.

Douglas Graham, Chicago, Ill.

John L. Porter, New Orleans, La.

Daniel D. Jackson. Brooklyn. N. Y.

Nicholas S. Hill, Jr., New York, N. Y.

Robert J. Thomas, Lowell, Mass.

Charles B. Burdick. Chicago, Ill.

Leslie C. Smith, Cleyeland, Ohio.

Edward L. Peene, Yonkers, N. Y.

Robert A. Jackson, Norristown, Pa.

Leonard Metcalf, Boston, Mass.

W. D. Filbert, Reading, Pa.

Edward Elbert, Reading, Pa.

Edward Bartow, Urbana, Ill.

Emil L. Nuebling, Reading. Pa.

L. Van Gilder, Atlantic City, N. J.

Charles J. Poetsch, Milwaukee, Wis.

John W. Alvord, Chicago, Ill.

G. B. Healy, Sioux City, Ia.

J. A. Tilden, Boston, Mass.

Robert E. Milligan. New York, N. Y.

W. J. Spaulding, Springfield, Ill.

John C. Kelley, New York, N. Y,

Pat Bracken, Temple, Texas.

W. M. Rapp, Atlanta, Ga.

Thomas J. Radley, New York. N. Y.

W. Smith, Atlanta, Ga.

George T. Staples, Dedham, Mass.

Robert Hollingsworth. Camden, N. J.

Robert L. Clemmitt, Baltimore, Md.

Douglas A. Brown, Cincinnati, O.

Morris R. Sherrerd. Newark, N. J.

Augustus F. Eggers, Newark, N. J.

Arthur R. Denman, Newark, N. J.

Hugh L. Lucas, Chicago, Ill.

T. C. Phillips. Chicago. Ill.

A. L,. Chase, Cleburne, Tex.

Hamilton Johnson, Jackson, Miss

George R. Bard. Chicago, Ill.

W. F. Wilcox, Meridian, Miss.

Charles S. Potter, Louisville, Ky.

W. R. Gelston, Quincy, Ill.

W. S. Cramer, Lexington, Ky.

Charles R. Henderson. Davenport Ia.

Magnus Olsen, Moline, Ill.

Dow R. Gwinn, Terre Haute, Ind.

H.W. Clark, Mattoon, Ill.

Albert H. Wehr, Baltimore, Md.

Wm. R. Young, Minneapolis, Minn.

J. Herbert Brewster. Indianapolis, Ind.

Chester R. McFarland, Tampa, Fla.

M. J. Bray, Evansville, Ind.

J. D. Barnett, Stratford, Ont.

Hugh McK. Landon. Indianapolis, Ind.

Stanley J. Lowe, Clarksville, Tenn.

William Molis. Muscatine, Ia.

C. D. Carter, Charlottesville, Va.

Edmund T. Sykes, Minneapolis, Minn.

D. G. Griffin, Fort Worth, Texas.

William J. Heermans, Corning, N. Y.

W. J. Hatton, Escanaba, Mich.

J. A. Landry, Lake Charles. La.

James H. Caldwell, Troy, N. Y.

John W. Peck, Evansville, Ind.

E. W. Clark, Minneapolis, Minn.

F. N. Isaac, Hanford, Cal.

M. Miller, St. Louis. Mo.

A. H. McAlpine, Columbus, O.

O. F. Reynolds.

Willis B. Durlin, Erie, Pa.

John T. Ahern.

Stuart Wood, Philadelphia, Pa.

John T. Chambers. New Orleans, La.

M. E. Jones, Gadsden, Ala.

A. G. Levy, New Orleans. La.

T.M. Early, Water Valley, Miss.

J. D. McFarlane, Pueblo, Colo.

Robert Welling, Covington, Ky.

W. F. Monfort. St. Louis, Mo.

Theodore A. Leisen, Louisville, Ky.

Beekman C. Little, Rochester, N. Y.

O. G. Thomlaw, Birmingham, Ala.

George E. Cripps. Rochester, N. Y,

Morris Knowles. Pittsburgh. Pa.

M. N. Baker. Montclair, N. J.

George R. Ellis, Canandaigua, N. Y.

S. J. Quay, Waco. Tex.


William S. Cetti, Thomson Meter Co.

J. L. Atwell, Thomson Meter Co.

J. L. Hodgson. Thomson Meter Co,

S. D. Higley, Thomson Meter Co.

H.J. Putnam, Thomson Meter Co.

W. H. Luckett. Thomson Meter Co.

H. C. Erwin, Jr.. Hersey Mfg. Co.

B. Frank Erwin, Hersey Mfg. Co.

William C. Sherwood, Hersey Mfg. Co.

Charles A. Vaughan, Canton Meter Co.

Joseph A. Hayes, Modern Iron Works.

O. B. Mueller, H. Mueller Mfg. Co.

F. B. Mueller, H Mueller Mfg. Co.

Roger Williams, H Mueller Mfg. Co.

Henry Mueller, H. Mueller Mfg. Co.

W. B. Ford, H. Mueller Mfg. Co.

Adolph W. Gilbert. Chapman Valve Mfg. Co.

L. C. Anderson. Union Water Meter Co.

W. C. Anderson. Union Water Meter Co.

James Ashworth, Allis-Chalmers Co.

T. W. Stevens, Allis-Chalmers Co.

Robert C. Holley, Allis-Chalmers Co.

H. H. Clemens, Hays Mfg. Co.

Charles E. Mueller. Hays Mfg. Co.

T. J. Nagle, Hays Mfg. Co.

John C. Kelly. Jr., National Meter Co.

George L. Niles, National Meter Co.

Charles M. Ade, National Meter Co.

C. Y. House. National Meter Co.

Charles S. Francis. National Meter, Co.

N. W. Finch. National Meter Co.

W. E. Cox, National Meter Co.

Fred S. Bates, Rensselaer Mfg. Co.

John S. Wardc, Jr, Rensselaer Mfg. Co.

M. H. Collins, Rensselaer Mfg. Co.

A. E. Jones, Rensselaer Mfg. Co.

W. E. Bradway, Kennedy Valve Mfg. Co.

William Ross, Ross Valve Mfg. Co.

Thomas E. Dwyer. Lead Lined Iron Pipe Co.

Fred A. Smith, Neptune Meter Co.

C. F. Blount, Neptune Meter Co.

Paul H. Hamilton, Neptune Meter Co.

Harry F. Brown, Neptune Meter Co.

Hugh F. Doran, Neptune Meter Co.

Fred M. Whitcomb. A. P. Smith Mfg. Co.

D. F. O’Brien, A. P. Smith Mfg. Co.

John W. Strackbein, The A. P. Smith Mfg. Co.

Charles Barry, Pittsburg Meter Co.

F. G. Swaffield, Pittsburg Meter Co.

T. C. Clifford, Pittsburg Meter Co.

V. E. Arnold, Pittsburg Meter Co.

J. Hout Davis, Pittsburg Meter Co.

R. M. Stotler, Pittsburg Meter Co.

H. J. Veith. The Fairbanks Co.

Norman Malcomb, Standard Asphaltum & Rubber Co.

Dwight P. Child, H. W. Clark Company.

D. H. Buell, National Waiter Main Cleaning Company.

George H. Carr, H. R. Worthington.

Walter H. Van Winkle, Waterworks Equipment Co.

Robert H. Russ, Central Foundry Co.

S. P. Blanc, Central Foundry Co.

Ray B. Nisbit, American Asphaltum & Rubber Co.

Wm. D. F. Mclntire, The American Asphaltum & Rubber Co.

Charles E. Pratt, Anderson Coupling Co.

R. M. Corcoran, Allyne Brass Foundry Co.

L. Howard Saunders, Allvne Brass F’d’y Co.

Neal A. Armstrong, The Garlock Packing Co.

J. J. Leach, Badger Meter Co.

Charles C. Crawford, Jr., International Steam Pump Co.

John A. Port, International Steam Pum_____ Co.

Earl B. Connellv. Darling Pump & Mfg. Co.

H. M. Lofton, Columbian Iron Works.

J. B. Mansfield. Columbian Iron Works.

Robert E. Milligan, N. Y. Continental Jewell Filtration Co.

Sam Davis, Glauber Brass Mfg. Co.

Arthur I. Fischer, Glauber Brass Mfg. Co.

Charles R. Wood, R. D. Wood & Co,

J. Wister, R. D, Wood & Co,

W. I. Chellew, Buffalo Meter Co.

W. F. Corin. Harrison Bros. & Co.

Georve McKay, Jr., The Lendite Co.

W. C. Simpson, A. Wyckoff & Son Co., of Louisiana

L. W. Kemp, The Texas Company.

E. B. Egbert, Goulds Mfg. Co.

Arthur C. Langston, lenkins Bros.

James H. Caldwell, The Ludlow Valve Mfg. Company.

H. L. Campbell, Glamorgan Pipe and Foundry Co.

S. Resek, Farnan Brass Works.

Exit the Hudson County Water Co.

Judge Fanning in the United States District Court at Trenton. N. L., last week appointed Harry Hubbard and William M. Leonard, both of New York, as receivers for the Hudson County Water Company, whose attempt to carry out its contract to supply Staten Island with water was frustrated by the New Jersey courts and legislature. The application for receivers dent and one of the largest stockholders of the company, who in his petition claims that the company had been “completely destroyed and the completion of its works delayed by certain statements made through the press by Governor Fort last October announcing his intention of calling a special session of the legislature to prevent the company from diverting water from New Jersey. As the result of the statements. Mr. Beall charged that bankers refused to make further loans to the company and that the company is now absolutely insolvent. The liabilities as set forth in the petition consist of $954,000 of bonds, secured by a first mortgage held by the Mechanics’ Trust Company of New Jersey as trustee for the bondholders. In addition, the company owes $110,000 on accounts, bills payable and interest coupons. Of this amount $300 is now due. The assets consist of $540,000 in stock, bonds and securities, all of which have been deposited as collateral to secure a bond issue. The assets also consist of plant, improvements and equipment estimated to be worth $800,000.

Annual Waterworks Reports.


Lawrence, Mass., has in the Merrimac river, on which it is located, an excellent water power. It has numerous important manufacturing interests and an estimated population of 78,000. The waterworks, built by the city in 3874-75, when the population was about one-half of the present number, are owned and operated by the city and supply about 77,000 people. The Merrimac river furnishes the supply, which is pumped to a storage reservoir and standpipe on two services, the high service being supplied by a pump built by the Barr Pumping Engine Co., Philadelphia, Pa., the low-service pumping engine having been built by I. P. Morris & Co., also of that city. The total pumpage for the year 1908, with allowance for slip, was 96,060.446 gallons for the high and 1,164,961,494 gallons for the low-service pumps. The total consumption for the year was 1,261,021.940 gallons, the average daily consumption 3,454,855 gallons, an allowance to each consumer of 44.1 gallons. The total cost of supplying water figured on total maintenance was $52.66 and, including interest on bonds, $75.25. The distribution system included 92.6 miles of mains, with 1,343 stop-gates and 729 hydrants, the range of pressure on mains being from 65 to 125 pounds. There were 7,095 services and 6,364 meters in use, of which 144 were added during the preceding year, the proportion of services metered being 89.7 and of receipts from metered water 93. Of the total annual consumption of water, 732,366,750 gallons passed through meters. During the year there were laid about four miles of new water pipe, the large amount being due to the desire on the part of the board to give employment to as many men as possible during the business depression that prevailed early in the year. The total receipts of the department for the year, including a balance of $6,219.24, brought forward, amounted to $141,065.11; the total disbursements were $132,387.99, leaving a balance with which to commence the year 1909 of $8,667.12.


Hamilton, Ohio, a busy manufacturing city, 20 miles from Cincinnati, on the Miami river, with an estimated population of 25,000 owns its waterworks, which were built in 1884 by the city. A system of driven wells pumped into reservoir and directly into mains furnishes the supply, the pumpage for the year 1909 having been 883,373,261 gallons, an average of 2,420,200 gallons per day. The reservoir has a capacity of 6,703,885 gallons, the pumping machinery is of 3,000,000 gallons daily capacity, and the percapita consumption 80 gallons per day. In the distribution system arc 661/4 miles of water mains, and the number of hydrants are 479, 36 having been set last year, the domestic pressure being 95 and the fire pressure 100 pounds. Owing to the recent annexation to the city of considerable territory the year was a busy one for the construction department, the number of new services put in, 376, being the largest on record. The total number of services in use are 4,849, of which 3,053 are metered. 440 meters having been set during the past year. Analysis of the water furnished warrants Superintendent of Waterworks A. C. Gressle in pronouncing it satisfactory in quality, the only source of complaint being the occasional occurrence of algæ which the superintendent proposes to remove by the sulphate of copper treatment. The total receipts for the year were $45,147.68, the disbursements, including $3,915 paid for new meters, $32,790.64, leaving a total net profit for the year of $12, 357.04, of which $12,000 was turned over to the sinking fund trustees. In addition $32,359.79 was expended for extensions and improvements, the money for which was derived from bond issues. The waterworks also furnished water last year for public use for fire hydrants, city buildings, parks, etc., for which it received no payment to the estimated value of $23,963.64.


At the outlet of Chautauqua Lake, on high ground in one of the most salubrious localities in the state. Jamestown, N. Y., which has some important industrial interests, obtains water from a series of artesian wells 31/2 miles from the business center of the city. The municipality owns the waterworks, which was originally built in 1882 by the Jamestown Water Supply Co. and are equipped with four pumping engines of a combined daily capacity of 16,000,000 gallons.

The aggregate pumpage of the two. pumping stations for 1909 was 2,155,125,230 gallons at an average cost per million gallons of $3,99 in the Levant station and $3.28 in the Buffalo street station. The mileage of pipe in the distribution system was 79,482 miles, the additions made during 1909 being 8,350 feet: not including private hydrants, there are 425 fire hydrants on the system and 6,731 services, of which 2,445 are metered, an increase of 1,176 since last report The plan of universal meterage is being carried out as rapidly as possible, and at its meeting held in April last the water commissioners ordered the purchase of 300 Neptune and 150 Gamon water meters.

Bessemer Will Not Purchase Waterworks.

The legal controversy in regard to the purchase of the waterworks of Bessemer, Ala., by the city has been for the present abandoned. Every possible effort was made to get the sale through by those in favor of a municipally-operated plant, and their efforts were just as determinedly opposed by those, who did not consider the present an opportune time for the city to go into the waterworks business, and who regarded the price asked by the company as too high. A number of citizens enjoined the city from making the purchase, and the first round in Judge Sharpe’s court in Birmingham resulted in a victory for the petitioners. A resolution was then passed authorizing an appeal to be taken to the Supreme court, and also providing for the paymen of a $1,500 fee to a lawyer to assist the city attorney in the litigation. Mayor Lewis vetoed the resolution, and when asked, stated that he would not sign a check to pay the fee nor would he sign the bond for the appeal. Council, by its majority, was as determined to go ahead in the matter, and the bond was made by its members. It was subsequently decided, however, to let the matter drop until the taxpayers have an opportunity to give expression to their views at an election. Failure to give the people a voice in the matter is blamed for a good deal of the opposition to the purchase of the plant.

Meetings to Come.

May 17-19.—National Fire Protection Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, Ill.

May 18.—Cumberland Valley Firemen’s Convention, Hagerstown, Md.

May 27-29.—Louisiana State Firemen’s Convention, Lafayette, La.

June 1-3.—Georgia State Firemen’s Convention, Savannah, Ga.

June 1-4.—Engineers of Pennsylvania, Second Annual Convention: Harrisburg, Pa.

June 6-10.—Six County Firemen’s Convention, Shenandoah, Pa.

June 8-10.—Maryland State Veteran Volunteer Firemen’s Convention, Baltimore, Md.

June 10-11.—Delaware County Firemen’s Association Convention, Sharon Hill, Pa.

June 16.—Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Annual Meeting; Kingston, N. Y.

June 21-23.—South Carolina State Firemen’s Convention, Sumpter. S. C.

July.—Milwaukee-Waukesha County Firemen’s Association, Annual Tournament; Center City, Wisconsin.

July 4-7.—Northwestern Minnesota Firemen’s Tournament, Bemidji, Minn.

July 26-28.—Central New York Firemen’s Association Convention, Auburn, N. Y.

August.—New York Slate Firemen’s Convention, Watertown, N. Y.

August 3-4.—C. O. S. Y. S. Firemen’s Association. Thirteenth Annual Convention; Phelps, N. Y.

August 8-l3.—Western Pennsylvania Volunteer Firemen’s Association Convention, Carnegie, Pa.

August 16-18.—Wisconsin Paid Firemen’s Association, Annual Convention; La Crosse, Wis.

August 17-18.—National Firemen’s Association Twelfth Annual Convention, Rochester. N. Y.

August 22.—New York State Fire Chiefs’ Meeting and Banquet, Syracuse, N. Y.

August 23-26.—International Association Fire Engineers’ Convention, Syracuse, N. Y.

August 21-26.—Virginia State Firemen’s Convention, Alexandria, Va.

September.—Massachusetts State Firemen’s Association’s Annual Convention, Westfield, Mass.

September 5.—Rhode Island State Firemen’s League Annual Muster. Manville, R. I.

September 6-9.—Association of Municipal Electricians Annual Convention, Rochester, N. Y.

September 21-23.—New England Water Works Association Convention. Rochester, N. Y.

October.—Pennsylvania State Firemen’s Convention, Altoona, Pa.

October.—Southern New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Freeport, L. I.