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August 24, 1907


Author Affiliations

Chief Engineer of the State Board of Health of Massachusetts. BOSTON.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(8):674-677. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320080042001l

The various sources of stream pollution are so well known that it is unnecessary to describe them in any considerable detail to an association like this.

The effect of stream pollution, so far as the sanitary questions involved are concerned, may be considered from two points of view: 1, the use of the stream as a source of water supply; and, 2. the influence of its condition on the health and comfort of those living in its neighborhood.

It is not the purpose of this paper to consider the pollution of streams and its prevention from the point of view of their use as sources of public water supply. While a great many cities and towns in this country obtain their water supplies directly from rivers draining populated areas, the danger of the use of such sources is now well understood, and the more progressive communities have already taken steps

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