Now that the ban on improvements, placed by the government by reason of war conditions, is permanently removed, the water departments are commencing to take stock of their various situations and plan for the needed improvements. There has been hesitation in some quarters to do this on account of the extreme prices that the post-war condition has imposed upon all water works materials, but it has generally come to be recognized that this inflation of prices will continue for a long period and that there will be nothing conserved, therefore, by further delaying the operations. This being the case, and the necessity for the improvements in many cases being imperative, a very lively movement toward extension of water works, additions to the plants, etc., may be looked for. Of course, the near approach of the cold season may interfere, in some cases, where the work is of a protracted character, and by commencing now, will run into the winter. In these cases operations will have to be postponed until the time of the thaw in early spring. But in the southern localities, or where the improvements are of a less lengthy character, the work will be pushed to completion in many cases. There is very little doubt that many water works superintendents are eagerly looking forward to the time when these needed operations are completed and their plants can definitely be considered to be working with facilities commensurate with the demands upon them. The strain in keeping up to capacity without the needed machinery and appliances to accomplish it properly, has been a hard one, and the relief in knowing that this time is past will be a welcome one for those who are fortunate enough to be so situated.