THE AMERICAN WATER WORKS CONVENTION.
The Thirty-sixth Annual Convention of the American Water Works Association, which closed its work on Friday, the 9th inst., was, as we anticipated, the largest and most successful meeting from a business standpoint that the association has previously held. It was notable in many respects, including attendance, number of new members, exhibits, general interest and also in the entertainment features. The statement of the financial condition of the association was a substantial evidence of its growing prosperity and the large number of new members announced afforded proof of its steadily increasing importance. The associate members gave a fine showing of their enterprise by sending a large number of representatives and by making splendid exhibits of water works appliances, the money spent by them being very large in amount. Mr. Nicholas S. Hill, Jr., made an excellent presiding officer and, in fact, all the officers are deserving of high praise for their efficient work. After being in the field for five years Richmond, Va., was successful in securing the next convention and that city, which has, among other advantages, a fine hotel, should prove a satisfactory place for the 1917 meeting. There were nearly one thousand names registered, of which nearly 4000 were active and 200 associates members. The Secretary’s report showed a total of 1,335 members in good standing, of which 135 were elected at the meeting. The treasury is in excellent shape with $4,000 in reserve over and above running expenses. All this shows a most gratifying change front a few years ago and one upon which the officers and members of the association are to be congratulated. It is most unfortunate that the weather was so bad as to oblige the conceiting of outdoor amusement and caused great disappointment to the visitors who had planned to take the trips provided for them, but the entertainment committee did all that was possible to make up for this setback.