Co-operation Between Engineer and Operator
Co-operation among all branches of the water works is a most essential matter and one on which the proper operation of the plant depends. But equally important is the working together of the engineer who has designed the plant and the superintendent who operates it. This is not always attained or attainable, but where it is, a cordial understanding exists between the superintendent and the man who originally planned the system. The result is efficiency of operation.
It is not hard to understand why this is so. The designer of the plant knows thoroughly its capabilities, its capacity and the details of its workings. The work of the water works superintendent or operator, especally in a new system, is largely experimental until he gets to thoroughly understand his plant. In this the engineer can do much to assist him and should be willing to do so at all times. Where friction exists between these interests the fault may be on one side or the other, but the sufferer will inevitably be the water works.
In this week’s issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, on page 779. some excellent suggestions are made by an engineer who has done much work in designing water works and filtration systems and whose ideas on the subject of co-operation are based on experience. His suggestions are well worthy of consideration.