Raising Funds for Main Laying
Again the question of methods by which water works can raise money to finance their main laying operations is brought to the fore. In this case Mr. Saville, in his paper on page 613, treats the subject from the standpoint of the municipally owned water works, and emphasizes what he believes to be the most advantageous and the fairest method of solving this vexing problem of water works men.
Certainly the plan of special assessments of benefits for main pipe extension, as advocated by Mr. Saville, has had the .practical test of usage in Hartford for over three years and, according to him, has worked satisfactorily and with little friction. The plan, too, as originally laid out, has been practically adhered to, with but a few changes dictated by experience in its operation.
However, superintendents no doubt have methods by which they raise funds for this purpose different from the assessment plan and which perhaps have been equally as successful, or they may have improved in detail on the system that is in use in Hartford. If so, they should let others know of their successes, as Mr. Saville has done. It is only by sharing the problems and accomplishments in water works practice that perfection can be attained.