Looking Forward in Building Water Works
There can be no gainsaying the fact that in water works practice, foresight is much better than hindsight. Otherwise interpreted, this means that the superintendent, engineer, board of water commissioners, or whoever are or were responsible for the original building of the water system of a municipality, were the ones who held that municipality’s future in the hollow of their hands. As they builded, in like degree did the town grow and prosper.
The gift of foresight as to the future growth of a town is a mighty valuable one for a water works man to possess, not only for himself, hut also for the municipality over whose water works destinies he presides. If this man in the early days of the town’s history has had sufficient breadth of vision to foresee that its future growth and prosperity depended upon ample provisions for its water supply, he or his successor, if he steps down from his office in the meantime, will have occasion to congratulate himself on the foresight which provided means to keep pace with the growth in population and the extension of territory. If, on the other hand, the original distribution system is built on provincial lines and is incapable of expansion with the growth of the city or town, the municipality, as well as its water works, will suffer in the constriction of both growth and enterprise, and it will require a heavy outlay to bring the water supply system up to the proper requirements.
The prosperity of a municipality thus depends largely on the design and construction of its water system.