Convention of Southwestern Water Works Association

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.”

Convention of Southwestern Water Works Association

Convention of Southwestern Water Works Association

The seventh annual convention of the Southwestern Water Works Association was held at Tulsa, Okla., on April 23, 24, 25 and 26, 1918. The headquarters were at the Hotel Tulsa.

The convention was held in the Auditorium and the programme was as follows: Tuesday, April 23, F. M. Woodsen introducing J. H. Simmons, Mayor, Tulsa, Okla. Response to A dress of Welcome, J. A. Garrity, Dallas, Texas. Calling Roll, president’s Address. 2 p. m.—Report of Secretary and Treasurer. “Operating Difficulties in Mechanical Filter Plants,” C. Arthur Brow’n, Chicago, Ill. “Water and Sewage Sterilization,” C. A. Jennings, New’ York. “Cement of Cast Iron Water Pipe Joints,” Henry E. Elrod, Dallas, Tex. 4.30 p. m.—Auto Ride Over City. Wednesday. History Outline of the City Water Works of Tulsa, E. M. Stevens, City Engineer. “After the War Prices on W’ater Works Materials,” R. E. McDonnell. “Pumping by Electricity,” M. L. Whitney, Dallas, l ex. Question Box. 2 p. m.—Tulsa Fire Department Exhibition at Owens Park Lake. 3 P. M. Take Autos to Filtration Plant. Demonstration of 20-inch Valve Insertion Under Pressure. 7.30—Empress Theater Party for Ladies and Gentlemen. Thursday, “Cleaning of Water Mains, Method and Results,” Burt B. Hodgman, New York. “Engineering and Chemicals,” 11. H. Howard, Dallas, Texas. “Rules and Regulations Governing Municipal Water Plants,” T, O. Cheatham, Waxahachie, Texas. Question Box. Address on Improvement in Water Mains, M. Griffin O’Neil. 2 p. m.—Trip, to Sand Springs Orphan Home and Hospital. Informal Dance and General Sports. Ball Game Between Superintendents and Supply Men. 8 p. m.—Banquet at Tulsa Hotel. I-riday, 10 a. m.— Election of Officers 1918-1919. Unfinished Business.

F. M. Bohn has been appointed Commissioner of Waterworks at Tulsa, Okla.