Future of the American Water Works Association
The very important series of opinions on the future of the American Water Works Association published in the leading article of this issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, while varying slightly in their suggestions as to the best policy to be pursued, are gratifyingly unanimous in two particulars. The first of these is the universal belief expressed in the successful future ahead of the association. Practically every one of the writers predicts a growing usefulness and an increase in popularity and influence for the association among water works men. There is every reason to believe that these members are true prophets. The growth of the American Water Works Association up to the present time has been a healthy and steady one, and that this will continue in the future until all of the water works men of the country are included among its members seems to be certain.
This brings us to the second matter so generally referred to by the writers. It is the necessity of so shaping the policy of the association that it will attract to its ranks superintendents of the smaller cities and towns of this country and Canada. This is a matter that is viewed by several of the writers as a vital one affecting the very future of the association. As one of them expresses it, these men should form the “backbone” of the association, and it cannot afford to get along without them. Every one of these letters should be carefully read and digested by the members of the association, for they represent the best opinions of the men in its ranks.