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December 31, 1904

THE WATER-SUPPLY QUESTION IN FRANCE.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(27):2038-2039. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500270032006

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Abstract

It is well known to sanitarians that for some time the condition of the Paris water supply has not been satisfactory in respect to either quantity or quality. The present supply is derived mainly from distant springs or ground-water sources, and certain occurrences on the drainage areas of these underground streams have given rise to some uneasiness among the general public as well as among the officials responsible for safeguarding the purity of the supply. The dubious quality of the supply is not the only difficulty. The quantity of water available from this source has proved at times inadequate for the city's needs, and it has had to be supplemented from other sources. In the year 1902 the municipal authorities began to add as part of the supply filtered water from the river Seine. In its raw condition the Seine water is far from being irreproachable, but it was thought

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