Membership in A. W. W. A.
There have been from time to time vigorous campaigns instituted by the American Water Works Association through its secretary’s office looking toward the increase in membership in the association. It would seem hardly necessary to urge upon water works superintendents of the country, especially those of the smaller cities and towns—most of the superintendents of the larger cities are now members—the great benefit which membership in the association carries with it. One of the most important of these is the attendance at the convention of the association. This series of meetings, lasting nearly a week, brings together the water works men in a close contact that can be attained in no other way. The rubbing of elbows and the swapping of experiences with the other fellow that takes place both going to and from and while at these conventions is in itself of far greater value than the small amount that a city would spend in sending its superintendent to one of these conventions and in insuring his membership in the association. Besides this, the papers and the discussions on them, the conferences, and the talks during the Superintendent’s Day meetings are invaluable in the information gained as regards the various problems that are constantly arising in the daily work of superintendents of water works and the methods pursued in meeting these problems. These facts should be emphasized and brought before the powers that be in the cities’ governments by the various superintendents, and it should take very little persuasion to show these high officials the necessity of seeing that their water works superintendents become members of the association and that they attend the annual convention each year.
Another matter that is probably lost sight of by members of the association and prospective members is the fact that the secretary’s office in New York City is a permanent institution, which can be referred to at any time and which is also glad to answer any communications and furnish any information that may be asked for, provided it lies within its power to do so. Probably if the water works men of the country knew that such an office existed, as many undoubtedly do not, and that this office is there to serve them in any way which it can, most of them would take advantage of this fact and would also become members of the association.
Between now and the time for the convention—June 21 to 24—every water works superintendent should see to it that the officials having such matters in charge should be informed as to the importance of his joining the association and provision made to defray his expenses to Montreal, so as to insure his attendance at the American Water Works convention.