The Water Works Convention

The Water Works Convention

An event which is easily the second most important of the year in water works circles and to which the superintendents of the eastern half of the country look forward with considerable excitement is that of the New England Water Works Association convention. This year the association meets in the city of Rochester, N. Y., on September 30, October 1, 2 and 3, this being one of the rare occasions on which the association has gone outside of the New England States for its annual convention.

The 1924 convention should be one of the largest that the association has ever held. The membership is at the top notch and the convention city besides being: beautiful and attractive is accessible from all parts of the middle and eastern states. Another feature that will be of interest to those planning to attend is the fact that Niagara Falls is only a comparatively short trip from Rochester, and therefore can easily be included in the convention journey, either coming or going.

That the members of the convention will be well taken care of goes without saying when it is remembered that genial Beekman C. Little is superintendent of the Rochester Water Works.

From a practical standpoint, while the program has not yet been published, judging from the previous annual gatherings of the association, the convention will be all that can be desired. No superintendent within a traveling radius of Rochester should miss this opportunity to meet and swap experiences with others of his professions.

Make your reservations early!

Next time the authorities of Bridgeport, W. Va., test their new fire alarm, due notice will be given the public. Late one evening recently the voice of the siren was heard in every corner of the town and immediately the telephone company’s central was swamped with inquiries from anxious or curious citizens asking where the fire was. When the excitement was finally subdued the authorities announced that hereafter the siren would be tested on Saturday mornings at 8 o’clock, so that the people would know what the noise was all about.

Another veteran commander of the fire forces of the country has relinquished his office and retired to private citizenship. This is Chief Charles Salter who has served the fire department of Omaha, Neb., for nearly fifty years. Such examples of long, faithful and efficient service are a great inspiration to the younger generation of chiefs on whom the togas of their predecessors fall and on whom devolves the task of maintaining the traditions of the fire-fighting service.

The Water Works Convention

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The Water Works Convention

The forty-third annual convention of the American Water Works Association, which took place last week at Detroit, was one of the best, if not the best, ever held by the association. Besides the very large attendance, there was an evident spirit of earnestness evinced by the members—both in the large number who were present at all sessions, even up to Friday afternoon, when naturally only a baker’s dozen is usually looked for—and in the general participation in the discussions.

If there is any criticism that could he made of such an admirably arranged gathering, it might he that— while practical and informative to a degree—the papers were in some instances a trifle too long. The disadvantage of this was apparent in that, in order to fulfill the entire program of a session, it became necessary, in some instances for the chairman to shut off discussion to a certain extent. To our mind, a convention without discussion is no convention at all.

But, aside from this one detail, the convention was certainly a great success, and it is safe to say that not a member went home without having acquired some new thought in his profession to carry hack with him.

Now to root for Memphis and a bigger membership in 1924!