The American Water Works Association
The 45th annual convention of the American Water Works Association opens in Louisville, Ky., next week. Here will gather from every part of the country, and no doubt from several foreign lands as well, water works superintendents, engineers and operators for mutual help and discussion of important problems of operation and policy.
The association has had a steady and wholesome growth from a small beginning. It has been especially fortunate in the choice of its officers and these men in practically every instance have given their best to develop and increase the usefulness of the association to the water works man.
President Jordan in his message this year published on page 779 of this week’s issue, urges the members to one and all back up the officers and see that the membership of the association includes practically every water works man in the country. This should not be an idle dream. Rather it should be the goal of accomplishment to which every member of the associatinti should set his face and strain every nerve to accomplish.
A new development in the field of the association, inaugurated last year, and which promises to be an important part of its work, is that of fire protection. This subject is so intimately connected with the work of the water works man, that, as FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING has so often pointed out, it is inescapable. It is therefore a healthy sign that the association has done so much, under its president, Frank C. Jordan, to bring into cooperation the other agencies of fire prevention, The International Association of Fire Engineers and the National Fire Protection Association. The letters sent out by President Jordan to the other two organizations, outlining suggestions as to alternative programs and including eleven items, should do much to bring together into closer cooperation the three bodies which are the responsible representatives of all efforts in fire prevention and fire protection. That there will be a ready response to these suggestion by Mr. Jordan goes without saying.