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Municipal Engineering Practice

Nature volume 100, page 282 (13 December 1917) | Download Citation



THE author defines the purpose of municipal engineering to be the planning, constructing, and maintaining of the publicly owned features and utilities of a city. He points out that its practice must conform to natural laws and legal enactments. A municipal engineer, therefore, should be acquainted with various branches of science and engineering. There is not much reference to scientific principles in this treatise; it is mainly a clear and interesting descriptive account of the methods and devices of city engineering, and that entirely from an American point of view. The large subjects of water supply, sewerage, and street-paving are fully dealt with in other text-books, and are omitted or slightly discussed, but the author thinks that information as to street cleansing, comfort stations, and similar matters is not readily available, and that city planning, street lighting, etc., require treating from the point of view of the taxpayer and the city engineer.

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