The action of the Committee of Arrangements of the New England Water Works Association in instituting the Superintendents’ Sessions at the recent convention in Portland deserves commendation. Entirely too little attention has heretofore been given to the maintenance and operating ends of the water works service by the Associations, the greater portion of the time being devoted to engineering discussions of but little interest to the practical water works man. That a judicious change was made in the program for the Portland meeting was apparent by the record attendance at the superintendents’ sessions and the lively interest shown in the topics discussed on that occasion. Seldom in the history of the Association has a paper brought out more interesting and instructive discussion than the report of the committee on service pipes. Not only did this topic occupy the entire morning session, but it was necessary to continue it at the following session and set a limit of time to close the subject. The papers relating to distribution also proved most interesting as shown by the number of members who took part in the discussions. In an association where over two-thirds of the members are practical water works men, it will be found beneficial to keep up this interest. Without the practical water works men, the Association could not expect strong support from the manufacturers, and this is an important feature to be considered. Would it not be wise for the executive commmittee ot New England Water Works Association to follow the experiment tried so successfully at the recent convention?