February Meeting of New England Water Works Association

February Meeting of New England Water Works Association

The February meeting of the New England Water Works Association will be held at Hotel Brunswick, Copley Square, Boston, Wednesday, February 13, 1918. The programme will be: 11 a. m., meeting of the executive committee at the headquarters, Tremont Temple; 1 p. m., lunch will be served at Hotel Brunswick, Copley Square; 2 p. m., discussion of “Tentative Specifications for Cast Iron Pipe and Specials.” The manufacturers of cast iron pipe will be invited to attend and take part in this meeting, and it is hoped the discussion will be full and free, to the end that members may be satisfactorily informed regarding both sides of the question before answering the questionnaire which will be sent out with notice of the March meeting. A written discussion is invited from members or manufacturers who may be unable to attend the meeting. A paper, “Steam Pumping Engines,” by Alfred O. Doane, division engineer, Metropolitan Water Works, Boston, Mass., will also be read.



The February meeting of the New England Water Works Association, at Boston, Mass., on February 14 was one of the most successful yet held, both from the point of attendance, which totaled 116, and interest shown in the topics dis cussed. It marked the first session presided over by the new president, Caleb Mills Saville, Chief Engineer of the Board of Water Commissioners of Hartford, Conn. The first business of the session was the act on on new applications for membership. Thos applying for admission were F. A. Cole, Newtonville, Mass.; G. F. Drew, Brunswick. Me.; W. R. Ellis, Dennison, Conn.; J. C. Ford, Rutherford. N. J.; C. L. McNeil, Torrington, Conn.; E. C. Rexall, Watervliet, Me. By unanimous vote the secretary was instructed to cast a ballot electing them to membership. The total membership of the Association with this new addition is 1,050. In introducing the first speaker, President Saville said: “In the nineties, one of the best known members of this Association conceived the idea of the Metropolitan water board of Boston. He was Mr. F. P. Stearns. He made his report on the plan and on this report the water system was constructed. The present New York water system is really a development of his idea. Mr. Stearns was also a consulting engineer for Hartford and Providence, and many of the engineers that are now prominent in water supply engineering have had their instruction under him. Mr. Frank Winsor was one of them, and he is to-day one of the best equipped water works engineers in the country.”

Mr. Winsor, Chief Engineer of the Providence, R. I., water supply board, presented an illustrated talk on “The Providence Water Supply,” illustrating it with lantern slices. He began by giving a historical description of the first water plant in Providence, started in 1853, and continued down to the present date, finishing with an interesting description of the extensive improvements now under way in that city. It is proposed to completely change the source of supply in Providence, thq present supply being too limited and rapidly becoming dangerously polluted. The new reservoir planned will not have as large a storage capacity as the present reservoirs, but the supply will be much larger owing to the greater stream flow. In order to construct the dam, which will be of earth, it will be necessary to divert the river around the works. For this purpose a huge concrete flume is to be built, twenty-five feet wide by twenty-one and onequarter feet deep. This, it is figured, will take care of the stream even during flood periods.

The second topic on the program was “Forestry in Relation to Public Water Supplies,” by Professor J. W. Tourney, Director, School of Forestry, Yale College. More than usual interest was shown in Professor Tourney’s paper, which was discussed by the members to considerable length. Professor Toumey started by picturing the early settlers in New England and how they were obliged to clear timbered land for agricultural purposes. He adjded that the clearing, as time went on, was not confined solely to fertile sections fit for agricultural purposes, but also extended to the hillsides where timber was removed for lumber purposes. Continuing, the aspect of forests in relation to modern water shed areas was dwelt upon. At present European countries have recognized the wisdom in reforesting all watershed areas, and carefully compiled figures show that in some cases the land so forested pays the owner an annual income of six to eight dollars per acre through the sale of timber removed to improve the forests.

Those in attendance were:

Honorary Members.

R. C. P. Coggeshall, Albert S. Glover, Frank E. Hall, Frederc P. Stearns, and R. J. Thomas.


Elliot R. B. Allardice, Lewis M. Bancroft, Harold K. Barrows, George W. Batchelder, Arthur E. Blackmer, James W. Blackmcr, George Bowers, Bertram Brewer, James Burnie, Eugene Carpenter, George Cassell, Charles E. Chandler, Frank L. Cole, R. H. Ellis, Harrison P. Eddy, Charles H. Eglee, Edward D. Eldredge, F. F. Forbes, Patrick Gear, Henry T. Gidtey, Frank J. Gifford, H. J. Goodale, X. H. Goodnough, Pearl T. Gray, Richard A. Hale, Richard K. Hale, David A. Hartwell, A. R. Hathaway, D. A. Hcffernan, Alvin C. Howes, W. F. Howland, Arthur W. Jepson, Will am S. Johnson, Willard Kent, George A. King, John Knickerbacker, Patrick J. Lucey, Samuel H. McKenzie, Thomas McKenzie, Hugh McLean, H. V. Macksey, Estus H. Magoon, William E. Maybury, John Mayo, Frank E. Merrill, George F. Merrill, Hiram Allen Miller, William H. O’Br_____en, J. W. O’Neill, Thomas A. Peirce, A. E. Pickup, C. R. Preston, Leonard C. Robinson, G. A. Sampson, Caleb M. Saville, Albert L. Sawyer, Jesse E. Sheldon, George H. Snell, O. H. Starkweather, John F. Sullivan, William F. Sullivan, Charles N. Taylor, Lewis D. Thorpe, James L. Tighe, Albert H. Tillson, E. J. Titcomb, D. N. Tower, Charles H. Tuttle, C. L. Ward, Percy Warren, Robert S. Weston, Frank E. Winsor, Irving S. Wood, A. E. Martin.


Builders Iron Foundry, A. B. Coulters, F. N. Connet; A. M. Byers Company, H. F. Fiske; Chapman Valve Manufacturing Company, V. N. Bengle, James Mulgrew; Eddy Valve Company, H. R. Prescott; FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, Fred Shepperd: Hayes Machinery Co., F. H. Hayes; Hersey Manufacturing Company, J. Herman Smith; Ludlow Valve Manufacturing Company. A. R. Taylor; H. Mueller Manufacturing Co., G. A. Caldwell: National Meter Company, H. L. Weston, J. G. Lufkin; Neptune Meter Company, H. H. Kinsey. R. D. Wertz; Pittsburgh Meter Company, J. W. Turner; Rensselaer Valve Company, C. L. Brown; A. P. Smith Manufacturing Company, F. L. Northrop; Thomson Meter Company, E. M. Shedd: Union Water Meter Company, D. K. Otis; R. D. Wood & Coinpany, H. M. Simons; Henry R. Worthington, W. F. Bird. Samuel Harrison; H. L. Bond Co., F. M. Bates; Standard C. I. Pipe Co., W. F. Woodburn ‘ Nat’l Water Main Cl. Co., B. B. Hodgman.


A. W. P. Cobh, Auburn, Me.; D. Lacy, Forester, Brookline, Mass.; James J. Page and Edward L. Frazier, Water Commissioners, Ch_____copec. Mass.; Dr. O. H. Howe, Cohasset, Mass.; Charles C. Coyne, Holyoke, Mass.; Theodore Chaffin, Sunt. Water Works, Monument Beach, Mass.; William Myers, Somerville, Mass.; Milton H. Bronsdon, City Engr., and John Kelso, Commissioner, Providence, R. I.: C. L. Wooding, Comr., Bristol, Conn.; S. B. Palmer, Cvil Engineer. Norwich, Conn : F. A. Frank, Philadelphia, Pa.; Prof. J. W. Tourney, Director, School of Forestry, Yale College, New Haven, Conn.