The City's water supply was chlorinated for the first time in January at the request of the military camp in Prince George. This measure was one means to control the incidence of intestinal upsets in soldiers arriving from other places. Approval was voted by Mayor Patterson and his Council - comprised of J. N. Keller, W. R. Munro, A. B. Moffat, F. D. Taylor, J. Nicholson and F. Clark.
During the summer. Mayor Patterson raised his concern for the security of troops overseas. Addressing Council, he put forward the proposal that Council members had a responsibility to discourage among civilians the discussion of military activities. The mayor had four nephews in active service. The proposal seemed extraordinary considering that the Citizen carried full coverage of news from the front, including the column "War Moves", submitted by a foreign correspondent with details of troop movements in the European theatre.
Quality of drinking water was the topic of discussion at a November City Council meeting. A bottle of dirty gray water with a heavy dark brown layer floating on top was brought to the Council meeting. The sample of tapwater from the business district had been allowed to stand for four days. The City engaged an engineering company to study the water system, and their recommendation was to flush the water mains to improve the water quality.
With men away serving in the Second World War, the lumber industry in the central interior suffered labour shortages. Local mills were forced to cut back on their output due to the need for about 800 men to fill the shifts.