The Contractor Water Supply Problem
It is safe to say that there is not a water works superintendent who has not been “up against” the problem which arises through the temporary use of the water supply by building and other contractors. While the placing of meters on this type of supply is the most logical and satisfactory method it is not always, as in the case of Gary, Ind., as cited by Mr. Luscombe in his article on page 673, possible to install them or it is a Very expensive operation to do so. Where this is the case, waste by workmen of the water is practically inevitable.
This raises the question as to the best method of curbing this waste with the least possible friction with the contractor and his men. Gary has adopted the method of discontinuing the supply after the third offense and, in aggravated cases of waste, of requiring the offender to provide a suitable place for a meter, where it will be accessible for reading and repair at all times and then to furnish him with water only at the regular meter rates. The latter course is, no doubt, the most effectual method of procedure.
Mr. Luscombe’s article will doubtless be found of considerable help to other superintendents who are face to face with the contractor problem.
In connection with the sad death of Ex-Chief and Fire Marshal Harry W. Bringhurst, of Seattle, Wash., which is recorded in this week’s issue on page 680, the significant fact is brought out, as will be seen by the extract from the April 6. 1910 issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, that the sinister effect of politics in the fire department are by no means confined to the present day. Chief Bringhurst was forced out of his position as head of the Seattle fire department in that year by a change of administration, in spite of the fact that he was an efficient and capable fire chief. The fire fighting profession loses an able member, the Pacific Coast Fire Chiefs’ Association one of its hardest workers and FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING a valued contributor to its columns, in the passing on of Chief Bringhurst.