One of the most troublesome problems that the water works department has to meet is that of its relation with the public as regards the use of the watershed and especially in regard to its reservoirs. A large body of clear sparkling water, which to the average citizen looks like a lake, has an especial lure for him and he at once connects it with a fishing trip, with boating or with bathing.
TO one who has watched the development of the fire prevention movement for a number of years, the methods used to impress upon the public the importance of this subject are most interesting, closely paralleling, as they do. the methods used to popularize a commercial article. Fire prevention is being nationally advertised, and information concerning it is being distributed through various fire prevention organizations to fire departments and others and through them to the public.
A recent fire in a public garage in which were stored some fifty cars, which was caused by the back-firing of the motor of one of these cars, causing a pool of gasoline on the floor to ignite, again calls attention to this hazard and the class of structures that are in many instances allowed to be used for the public storing of automobiles.
It is usually considered the proper course when a water department or company finds it necessary to advance the rates which it charges the public for the supply of water for domestic service to raise a great ado about the grasping methods of politicians and public service corporations. In most cases the daily press of a city or town echoes the sentiments thus expressed, and devotes portions of its editorial pages to the pleasant occupation of “lambasting” the officials of the water department or company, calling them all the names that it can politely—and sometimes impolitely—muster.