Annual Meeting Minnesota Sec., A. W. W. A.
The Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association will hold its annual meeting in the Auditorium of the Engineering Building, University of Minnesota, November 14, to consider practical water works problems, stream and lake pollution, and the goiter problem insofar as it is affected by water supplies. The morning session will begin at 9:30. The program follows:
I. Routine Business.
II. Committee Reports.
III. General Discussion—Practical Water Works Problems.
(1) Problems Dealing with the Elimination of Lubricating Oil in a Water Supply Which Has Been Introduced Through the Pumping Equipment. Discussion opened by: Ole Forsberg, Oliver Iron Mining Company, Hibbing; Charles Foster, Consulting Engineer, Duluth; Ernest McCulloh. Consulting Engineer, Minneapolis.
(2) Financing of Water Main Installations, Including Various Methods in Use at the Present Time, and Suggestions for Improvement. Discussion opened by: D. A. Reed, Manager, Water and Light Department. Duluth; A. D. Horne. Supt., Water and Light Commission, Fairmont; Phil Comstock. City Engineer, Mankato.
(3) Material. Proper Installation and Location Records of Street Service Pipes. Discussion opened by: J. W. Kelsey, General Supt.. Water Department, St. Paul; J. Arthur Jensen, Supervisor, Water Works Department. Minneapolis; M. J. Howe, Supt., Water and Light Plant, Lake City.
(4) Discussion of any water works problems which may be suggested at the meeting.
IV. Election of Officers.
V. Subject: Stream and Lake Pollution; Its Relation to the Public
Health, and Its Effect on Livestock and Aquatic Life. The rapid increase in population resulting in larger quantities of domestic sewage from communities and particularly the development of industries producing strong wastes is constantly adding to the pollution of lakes and streams. This pollution is increasing the burden upon water purification plants, and in some localities affecting fish and other aquatic life. The problem may have an important bearing upon the health of livestock which have access to the polluted lakes and streams. The situation is one of public concern at the present time. The discussions on the subject will be opened as follows:
(1) The Effect of Stream Pollution on Fish Life, Mr. J. F. Gould, Commissioner, State Game and Fish Department.
(2) The Protection of Streams from the Recreational Angle, Mr. Donald Hough. National Director, Isaac Walton league.
(3) Stream Pollution in Relation to the Health of Domestic Animals, Dr. C. P. Fitch. Chief, Division of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Agriculture, University of Minnesota.
(4) The Public Health Aspect of Stream Pollution. Mr. J. A. Childs, Engineer, Division of Sanitation, State Board of Health.
VI. Subject: Simple Goiter; Its Prevalence and Prevention. Surveys undertaken in various states situated in the region of the Great Lakes, including Minnesota, show the prevalence of large numbers of cases of endemic or simple goiter, especially among school children. The principal, if not the sole cause of this type of goiter, is a deficiency of iodine in water and foods, and can be largely prevented by the use of certain iodine salts. Various methods of administering iodine to the public have been suggested. Some have advised adding iodine salts to the public water supply, and certain cities in the United States are using this method at the present time. Others have advocated the use of iodized salt for household purposes, or palatable tablets containing iodine. The methods to be used for the prevention of simple goiter is a question of public interest at this time. Discussions on the subject will be opened as follows:
(1) The Prevalence of Simple Goiter and Its Relation to the Iodine Content of Water and Foods, Dr. J. F. McClendon, Professor of Physiological Chemistry, University of Minnesota.
(2) The Goiter Problem Among School Children, Mrs. L. A. McKay, Secy., State Parent-Teachers Association.
(3) The Public Water Supply as a Vehicle for Administering Iodine for the Prevention of Simple Goiter, Dr. F. E. Harrington, Health Commissioner, City of Minneapolis.
(4) The Practicability of Administering Iodine to the Public Water Supply, Mr. A. F. Mellen, Superintendent of Filtration, Minneapolis Water Works Department.
Electric Fire Alarm System for North Bend, Ore,&emdash;North Bend, Ore., will have an electric fire alarm system installed at a $6,000 expenditure.
Firemen Hear Fire Prevention Talk at Church—Chief C. E. Carlson, of Tacoma, Wash., and as many firemen as could be released from duty attended the First Baptist church of that city early this month to hear the minister’s talk on fire prevention entitled “Fools and Fire” which was designed to especially interest the firemen.
Commend Omaha Firemen for Excellent Work at Recent Fire—A letter of high commendation for the work of firemen at the $200,000 Cudahy packing house fire in Omaha, Neb., early in October and a check for $500 to the firemen’s relief association has been received by Fire Chief Martin J. Dinecn, of the department from R. E. Yocuam, superintendent of the Cudahy concern. The letter says: “From all reports, and after viewing the premises, we can say unhesitatingly, that this fire was handled in about as efficient a manner as it could have been possibly handled and without any reservations, we think it was the best handled fire within the history of South Omaha and the packing plants in general. Too much praise and credit cannot be given to Chief Dineen and his battalion chiefs and the men of the department.”