Beautifying the Water Works

Beautifying the Water Works

“Your first impression of a water plant, like your first impression of an individual, is gained from appearances and may be favorable or unfavorable.” This is the text of a short, but practical sermon by R. E. McDonnell, C.E., on the necessity and advantages of beautifying the water works grounds and buildings, published in this week’s issue.

Mr. McDonnell’s points are well taken. The water works, both buildings and grounds, lend themselves very readily to the arts of the architect and the landscape gardener. The buildings, especially when placed near a residential section, should partake of the nature of their surroundings. When standing alone, amid the water works grounds, they are also well adapted to artistic treatment, and should be considered not alone from their utilitarian value, but also as to their restful and pleasing effect upon the eye.

The grounds themselves, with their wide stretches of lawn, their streams, woods and bodies of water constituting the reservoirs and basins, should give the landscape gardener unexampled opportunity for the exercise of his art.

The plan of parking the water works, besides giving the public grounds for pleasure and recreation, will create a very favorable sentiment in behalf of the department or company, and a sense of public pride which is a valuable asset for any utility, whether municipally or privately owned. It is strange, in view of the foregoing, how comparatively few of the water works have considered this phaze of the problem of water supply. Perhaps they have been too busy wrestling with other troubles to think of the matter of ornamentation. And yet, the subject is very well worthy of careful study, if only from the standpoint of policy. Read Mr. McDonnell’s ideas, think them over and write us your views.

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