REPORT OF JOINT COMMITTEE ON WATER CONSUMPTION

REPORT OF JOINT COMMITTEE ON WATER CONSUMPTION

The report of the Joint Committee on Water Consumption, signed by Edw. S. Cole, C. M. Saville, D. A. Heffernan, P. R. Saunders and E. W. Kent, and dated August 1, was presented at the recent convention of the New England Water Works Association at Hartford, Conn. The report was as follows:

This committee was appointed for the purpose of securing, by co-operation with the American Water Works Association, a standard form for water consumption statistics that would be adopted by both associations. The American Water Works Association appointed the following conference committee: Edw. S. Cole, chairman; Wm. W. Brush, J. N. Chester, J. H. Dunlap, J. H. Purdy. Joint meetings have been held, and various members of the committee have presented their views in writing. A joint report was prepared with the unanimous assent of both committees, which was presented to the American Water Works Association at its annual convention in Richmond, in May, 1907, and formally adopted.

Your committee submits, for consideration, two forms to be used in the collection and publication of water consumption statistics. These forms are described as follows:

Form “A”, to be used when only water consumption statistics and those closely allied thereto are to be presented.

Form “B”, to be used when incorporated in a report, based on the form adopted by the New England Water Works Association and by the American Water Works Association in 1908.

These forms are attached hereto. They have been made as simple as possible, and consistent with the presentation of information which it is believed will be useful to the water supply profession. Your committee has been impressed by the dearth of water consumption statistics which are comparable and typical of the various sections of this country. It believes that this Association would be rendering a service that the membership generally would appreciate, if the Association should publish yearly the consumption statistics of typical communities in the various ections of our country. The communities should be selected so that the statistics of a fully metered community would be placed in comparison with those of a community in which only a small fraction of the supply is metered. By selecting, say, from fifty to one hundred of such communities and enlisting their aid in furnishing accurate statistics, information of great and increasing importance would be made available. Each five years, beginning with the year 1880, statistics should be published, setting forth the more important water consumption figures for a much larger number of communities, selecting these communities so that a reasonable percentage of each size would be recorded. It is suggested that this list include all cities having a population of over 500,000, 50 per cent, of those having a population of from 250,000 to 500,000, 25 per cent, of those having a population of from 100,000 to 250,000, and 10 per cent, of the communities between each of the following limits: 50,000 to 100,000 ; 25,000 to 50,000; 10,000 to 25,000; under 10,000. By co-operation with the American Water Works Association, the labor and expense of collecting and publishing this information can be divided between the two associations, and the information furnished to the combined membership.

Your committee makes the following recommendations:

First: That Form “A” be adopted for use where water consumption statistics only are to be recorded.

Second: That a committee on uniform annual reports be appointed, the membership to represent those interested in pumping, filtration, water consumption, distribution, services, meters, and financial questions; that the American Water Works Association be requested to appoint a similar committee; that these committees, if possible, agree on a statistical form which will cover the entire water works field; that the committee of this Association report at the next annual meeting the form recommended; and that this committee also report to what extent the Association should collect and report statistics, giving the names of the communities from which such statistics should be regularly obtained and published.

Third: That your present committee should be finally discharged.

Work is to be started soon on the construction of a concrete water tank, 26 by 146 feet in dimensions at the plant of the Fort Smith Cotton Compress Company in the Brockman addition of Fort Smith, Ark. The tank will have a capacity of 100,000 gallons.

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