Proposed History of the A. W. W. A.
On page 511 of this issue is published the prospectus of the proposed history of the American Water Works Association, as outlined by the special publication committee of the Water Works Manufacturers’ Association, which has this important matter in charge. The proposal to undertake this work was first brought before the Manufacturers’ Association at the annual meeting in Buffalo last June, when the A. W. W. A. held its convention. There, however, being only a sparse attendance of the members at this meeting, although the vote at that time was unanimously in favor of commencing the history, it was deemed hardly sufficiently representative, and it was decided to put the matter definitely before the Manufacturers’ Association by means of a mail vote. This, accordingly, has been done, and with the postcard ballot is enclosed the prospectus reproduced on page 511. There can be but one opinion as to not only the advisability, but the necessity of greatly increasing the membership of the American Water Works Association, and the plan proposed by the Manufacturers’ Association seems by far the best method of accomplishing this object, as the resources at the command of this body particularly fit it for the work of compiling such a history. As will be seen by the prospectus, it is proposed to make this book a most complete and comprehensive record of the formation, work, accomplishments and membership of the American Water Works Association, and such a book in the hands of approximately five thousand water works men would accomplish more in bringing forcibly to the notice of the recipients the importance and necessity for them to become members of the A. W. W. A. than any other method that could be pursued. The objects the Manufacturers’ Association seeks to accomplish by the publication of this history are three-fold: first, to enlarge the membership of the American Water Works Association; secondly, to bring to the attention of the members of the A. W. W. A. the reason for the existence of the Manufacturers’ Association ; and thirdly, to increase the membership of the Water Works Manufacturers’ Association. All of these objects are important and all have a certain interrelationship one with the other. It seems that there should be no hesitation on the part of the members of the Manufacturers’ Association in confirming the action of the meeting last June and in voting in favor of the accomplishment of this important work.