Convention of Southwestern Water Works Association
The Southwestern Water Works Association Convention will be held in Kansas City, Mo., June 23 to 26, inclusive. The Coates House will be headquarters. This is expected to be one of the best conventions ever held, and some very important papers, dealing with water plants, will be read and discussed. The social part of the programme surpasses any that the association has ever had. The secretary is E. L. Fulkerson, 617 Washington Street, Waco, Tex.
That the rural schools of Cerro Gordo County, Ia., rarely send in samples of their water supply to the state laboratories is the accusation of Miss Zelma Zentmire, water bacteriologist and chemist. Rural schools are included in the regulation requiring public water supplies to be tested at least semi-annually. “The well in the country school yard is apt to breed many injurious bacteria, because the water is used only during the school year and because what is everyone’s business is no one’s business,” Miss Zentmire asserts. “Until water begins to smell or taste the average person seems not to suspect that it may contain impurities. Taste and smell are unsafe criteria. Colored water is often strictly pure, while a clear water may be teeming with dangerous bacteria.”