Waterworks Men in Conference.
On July 8 more than thirty owners of public and private waterworks systems met at Indianapolis to confer with the State board of health, the presiding officer being Dr. F. A. Tucker, president of the board of health. Governor Hanly and Mayor Bookwalter welcomed the conferences and in so doing the former paid a high tribute to the State board of health and to Dr. J. N. Hurty its secretary. At the same time he enlarged upon the question of a pure water supply as being one of the highest importance. Mayor Bookwalter protested against the selfish spirit so prevalent of this and that city dumping its sewage into rivers and letting the others look out for themselves. The question of sewage disposal (he said) must be handled by the State, which must compel the cities to make proper disposal of their sewage. D. R. Gwinn, or Terra Haute, returned thanks to the governor and mayor for their addresses. The conference lasted for two days and in accordance with its objects, papers w-ere read and addresses delivered, relating to pure water supply. These included the following: “History of the’movement for pure water in Indianapolis’ J. N. Hurty, M. D.: “The moral responsibility of waterworks officials in relation to sanitary public wells supplies,” W. E. Taylor, chief engineer Terre Haute Waterworks company; “The pollution of White river,” R. L. Sackett, professor of Engineering, Purdue University, Lafayette City; “The ground-water supply,” Marshall O. Leighton, chief hydrographer United States Geological Survey, Washington, D. C.; lecture, “Indiana,” Prof. W. S. Blatchley, State geologist; “The gallery well supply,” Howard Dill, superintendent Water company, Richmond, Ind.; “Filtration system for small cities,” F. W. Withered, waterworks engineer, Pittsburg, Pa.; “Experiences with salt and oil,” Quince Walling, superintendent Water company, Munice, Ind.; “Methods of analysis,” J. H. Brewster, water chemist State board of health, Indianapolis; “Causation of typhoid fever,” H. E. Jordan, Chemist Indianapolis Water company; “Water supplies in small cities in southern Indiana,” A. H. Kennedy, president Rockport, Ind., Water company.; “Water rates and rentals,” Charles Carroll Brown, editor Municipal Engineering, Indianapolis: “Wells and the public supply in Indianapolis.” Eugene Buehler, M. D., secretary Indianapolis board of health; “Stream pollution.” F. A. W. Davis, president Indianapolis Water company: “Management of purification works,” George W. FqUrr, water and sewage engineer, New York; “Presynt condition of the water supplies of Indiana.” H. E. Barnard, chemist State board of hyairli: “A system of waterworks bookkeeping,” D, R. Gwinn, superintendent Water company. Terre Haute. The association is a new one and its object is to keep the water supply of the State unpoIluJ>-i aiuT Qtact. The mayor on the second day of the cxuference made a second address—a brief one—in which he said he would be in favor of municipal ownership. He feared, however (he explaine/) that in Indianapolis, for example, oo municj/al plant would ever be permitted to sp’-^-t -‘he amount of money for a good supply that the water company is spending. Resolutions were offered by Dr. J. N. Hurty and were adopted. These lay stress on the fact that the surface water supplies of the State are being polluted by sewage disposal and recommended that sanitary districts be established along the water courses and watersheds, so that the treatment of sewage before it is dumped into the streams may be compelled. The resolutions also favor the enactment of laws designed to conserve and purify the water supplies of the State. These the association would have studied from their source downwards, and would work for legislation looking to the conservation and purification of the supplies. The association is to be affiliated with the State board of health, which called the present conference. Dr. J. N. Hurty, secretary of that board, Dr. F. A. Tucker, its president; H. E. Barnard, State food and drug commissioner, and others said at the close of the conference, that they were highly gratified at the interest which had been shown in the movement for pure water. More than fifty proprietors and employes of public and private-owred plants attended first confererce of the new association, and the papers read and addresses presented indicated that great care had been used in their preparation. Discussion of .the different subjects was animated, and an encouraging feature was that remedial legislation was one of the favorite themes. As it is realised that the underground water supply in Indiana is fast giving out, many waterworks companies are considering the feasibility of putting in filtration plants, in order that pure water may be obtained from surface sources. It was for this reason particularly that the trip which formed the laboratory work was taken to the Indianapolis Water company’s filtration plant, of the conference. The visitors were accompanied by Dr. Hurty, Mr. Barnard, J. H. Brewster, State water chemist, and officers of the Indianapolis Water company, who explained the filtration system, which is said to be one of the best in the country. The officers of the association, as chosen at the conference, are: H. E. Barnard, Indianapolis, president; Dow R. Gwinn, Terre Haute, first vicepresident; Howard Dill, Richmond, second vicepresident; H. F. Van Behren, Evansville, third vicepresident; Quince Walling, Muncie, fourth vicepresident; Prof. Severance Burrage, Purdue University, fifth vicepresident; Frank Jordan, of the Indianapolis Water company, secretary; George A. Fletcher, Brazil, treasurer. Any citizen of Indiana is eligible to membership. The executive committee will select the time and place for the annual meeting.