THIS SOUVENIR EDITION.
We may be pardoned for calling attention to this souvenir edition of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING for the convention of the American Water Works Association. For nearly thirty years it has been our practice to issue holiday numbers for these annual meetings, and we are pleased to present to our numerous patrons this special edition marking the thirty-sixth convention of the Association, to be held in this city next week. The issuing of these souvenir editions show, from their success, that our efforts have been appreciated. Like its predecessors, this number contains much matter of interest both for water works men and those connected with, the fire service. The brief history of the old and new water works systems of New York, with the accompanying illustrations, is remarkable as showing that within a comparatively short time enormous extensions have been made to the service. The fact that the members of the Association will he afforded an opportunity to examine at close range these vast improvements that have been made since the old Croton system was constructed, will constitute one of the reasons that makes the selection of New York City for this convention a notably good one. The Association has not held a convention in New York since the year 1901. Therefore, the great Catskill system will, without question, he of great interest to the visitors, especially when they consider that the cost of this work amounts to $150,000,000. In this edition also are given prominence the subjects of meterage and filtration as they are the leading branches of water works management in which large economic effort is now directed. An outline of what the American Water Works Association is and what it has accomplished will not surprise those acquainted with its rapid progress in the past ten years. But to new members it must appeal as an organization of great importance, fulfilling the necessity of providing means of constant study in modern construction and distribution of water works systems. The usually large number of portrait pages of members and representatives of the manufacturers cf water works machinery and appliances will afford the usual interest taken in this popular feature of the souvenir edition. So much space has been devoted to illustrations that much matter had to he held over for publication later, but an examination of the articles this edition contains will suffice to show how thoroughly the water works field is covered, as it ought to be. by the only journal exclusively issued in the interests of those directly connected with the fire protection and water supply interests of the country. The selection of New York for the convention was good, as it is an Eastern City, following the meeting in Cincinnati last year. New York is also of great general interest to visitors who are always attracted to it on account of the sights to be seen, and its accessibility, as all roads lead to it. Within easy access of the city, too, are many manufacturing plants of interest to water works men who wish to look over them for their own satisfactin. Taking all things into consideration, this year’s convention promises to he one of unusual interest and value, and this souvenir issue has been designed to be of positive interest in keeping with the occasion. Attention is also directed to the advertising pages which cover all classes of water works machinery and appliances. A careful perusal of these announcements will well repay the reader, especially as they represent firms of recognized reliability engaged in their special lines. At the convention most of these manufacturers will have handsome exhibits of their goods, so that a good opportunity will be afforded those in attendance to study their merits.