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March 12, 1960

Water Supply for Rural Areas and Small Communities

JAMA. 1960;172(11):1220. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020110104031

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Fundamental information on acquisition of a water supply has been put together in a brief and practical form for use by people living in small communities located in remote or rural areas of the world. The authors have intentionally omitted many of the complex details usually included in a book on water supply but have listed references for supplemental information. The purpose of the book is not only to stimulate people to initiate their water development programs but also to serve as a pattern by which to carry out such programs. The book accomplishes this purpose.

The first section deals with the planning which must be done by the people in the community who are to direct the development of a water supply program. The socioeconomic and political difficulties which may be encountered are well stated. Methods by which these problems can be avoided or solved are suggested. The diagrams

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