Two Features of A. W. W. A. Annual Convention Which Make It Invaluable to Water Works Heads — Circular Issued by the Secretary

THE following circular, issued from the office of Secretary Diven, of the American Water Works Association, emphasizes two important features that will make the convention to be held at the Hellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia, on May 15 to 19, absolutely essential to every live water works superintendent in the country. Read it carefully and see if you can afford to miss the chance of taking part or listening to the discussion of subjects so vital to the conduct of your water department, bearing in mind that these discussions will be by men like yourself on “the firing line.” Don’t forget to send Secretary Diven a list of subjects you would like discussed.

Mr. Superintendent or Water Works Operator:

Superintendent’s Program

Many papers have been put on the program especially for the benefit of the operating members. Look over the tentative program, a copy of which is mailed herewith, and select such papers as interest you or that are on subjects that you have had experience in and are thus qualified to discuss; prepare your discussion on all such papers and tell freely your own practice and experience for the benefit of fellow members. Especial attention is called to the Friday forenoon program, joint meeting with the chemists and bacteriologists to discuss water purification and chemical troubles.

Group Meetings

Again group meetings will be held on Monday, registration and committee meeting day. Proper facilities will be arranged for holding these meetings. The grouping will be the same as last year:

  1. —Office method, records, accounts, etc.
  2. —Pumping station, engines, boilers, firing, etc.
  3. —Filter operation and care.
  4. —Pipe laying, methods, records, etc.
  5. —Services and meters. Material of services, laying. Meter setting, reading and care.
  6. —Water sheds and reservoirs, their care and protection, algae treatment, tree planting.
  7. —Private fire protection services. Especially interconnection with polluted sources and the efficiency of double check valves on such services.

Select the topic you arc most interested in at the time, help form a group to talk it over, free from the restraints of the larger meetings. The group meetings are also intended to give the members a better chance to get acquainted. If you are specially interested or have anything to tell on any of the group topics that will be a help to your fellow members please send word to the secretary so that you can be assigned to that group. Leaders of the discussions are needed for each group and you are asked to volunteer.

There are papers scheduled for superintendent’s day that are expected to be of interest to operating water works men, also, time is given for topical discussions, and the following subjects and questions have been suggested. Others are asked for; send to the secretary as early as posible any topic you desire to have discussed or question you want to ask.

  1. —Methods of preventing tampering with water meters, use of devices, odd sized couplings for inlet and outlet, or others to prevent reversing a meter.
  2. —Meter testing tanks, use of weight or volume in tests. If volume a convenient size of tank for the purpose.
  3. —Use of check valves on metered services and responsibility for blowing up of hot water boilers by reason of the installation of check valves. Legal decisions on this point are particularly wanted. If you have had any legal decision on the question please communicate it to the secretary or tell it when the topic is up at the convention.
  4. —Connections to high pressure fire systems for sprinkler or other private fire protection use. Are such connections allowed and if so under what conditions and regulations?
  5. —Underground electric conduits, their location in relation to water mains. Any troubles experienced by reason of improper location of such conduits. Any cases of water from leaks being carried to a distance from the leak by underground electric conduits, and if so methods of locating the leak.
  6. —Experience with Underwriters double check valves on services to factories having a secondary fire supply from a polluted source. The reliability, care and inspection of such check valves. Also information as to other devices used to protect water supplies from contamination by polluted fire protection supplies.
  7. —Removing lead joints from cast iron pipe, process and after-use of removed lead.
  8. —What proportion of scrap lead, ends of lead service pipe, old service pipes, lead from burned out joints, etc., can be used without injuring the lead for pipe joints?
  9. —Extra strength joints, where especial care is needed, as under railroads. Use of tin or other alloys with the lead to strengthen the joint.
  10. —Foundry prepared joints, economy in their use, are they as satisfactory and efficient as poured joints?
  11. —Use of substitutes for lead in pipe joints. Your experience, the economy and satisfactory results of the use of substitutes. Especial information wanted as to the length of time the substitutes have been in use and the effect of timeon them.
  12. —Use of modern cast iron service pipes of small size, for domestic services. Their cost and efficiency as compared with other service materials.
  13. —Care of water sheds, fishing and boating permits on reservoirs and control of their use. State or local laws concerning such uses of reservoirs.
  14. —Use of valves of less diameter than the mains. Loss of flow by reason of their use. Proper size reduction allowable. Saving in cost and operation by their use. Danger from too quick stopping of the flow by their use.
  15. —Fire hydrants, locating and spacing. Are street corners always the best location? Location to avoid interference with traffic when in use.
  16. —Waste prevention for small plants. Results of house to house inspections and friction caused thereby. Simple and low cost tests for main loss. Prohibitively high rates for wasteful plumbing appliances, such as hopper closets. Control of public uses of water, street flushing, etc.
  17. —Outfit for thawing fire hydrants, services and small water mains. Outfits provided, their efficiency, cost and operation.
  18. —Valves on main lines closing by reason of vibration, water hammer or other causes except breaking.
  19. —Service pipes, who pays for them, the water works or the consumer? Who maintains after installation?
  20. —Cleaning or sterilizing water pipes before laying or after laid and before put in service. Pipes often lie in the streets before laying and accumulate much filth that should not be allowed to get in the distribution mains.
  21. —Pollution from railroads running near or crossing supply streams or reservoir. Any experience and any methods used to prevent it.
  22. —Oil saving devices for pumping stations, filtering, reusing, etc.

Look carefully over the topics and questions and come to the convention prepared to discuss the topics and answer the questions, come to help other members as you expect them to help you. If you are interested in some other topic send it in and it will be brought up at the convention. If you have a question to ask send it along and we will try to secure an answer for you. Send topics and questions to

J. M. DIVEN, Secretary,

153 West 71st St., New York, N. Y.

It is “up to” the superintendents to make Superintendents’ Day a success. Don’t come entirely in a receptive mood, come to give as well as to receive benefit, to help others all you can.

You will soon receive the official and complete program, full details of hotel arrangements and railroad rates. Make your plans now to attend.

You have some application blanks and can have more by asking for them; make good use of them and bring at least one new member to the convention this year. Every member added widens the field of experience and makes the association more valuable to you.

The new officers of the Port Jervis, N. Y., Water Works Company were elected on April 3, as follows: President, Dr.

W. L. Cuddeback; vice-president, Jacob F. Pobe; secretary, Christoph Graebner; treasurer, Alfred Marvin; attorney, S. M. Cuddeback; directors, Dr. W. L. Cuddeback; Dr. C. N. Skinner, J. P. Gillen, S. M. Cuddeback, C. W. Snyder and Fred Marvin.

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