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January 13, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(2):115. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460020051012

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So important to the health of a community is the purity of its water-supply, that the interesting objectlesson afforded by the experience of the city of Albany, N. Y., in the matter of water filtration, should not be permitted to pass unnoticed. Having concluded, after due deliberation and thorough consideration of the subject, that filtration was the only immediate remedy for the contamination of its water-supply, derived from the polluted Hudson River, Albany, in fifteen months, erected a filtration-plant and put it into successful operation. Slow sand-filtration is the method adopted, and, whereas formerly typhoid fever was excessively prevalent, the water is now almost wholly free from bacteria, and, while formerly often discolored, is, besides, now perfectly clear. If anything has been learned of late years in connection with the water-supply, it is that filtration is not alone the most practicable, but it is the most potent, means at our

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