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JAMA 100 Years Ago
October 16, 2013

The Water-Supply of Rural Communities

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JAMA. 1913;61(16):1460- 1462.

October 18, 1913

JAMA. 2013;310(15):1629. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5367

The emphasis of responsibility for the occurrence of water-borne diseases is so often put on the water-supplies of our larger communities that by way of contrast the conditions in American rural districts are usually thought of, if not actually pictured in the public mind, as almost ideal. Naturally enough, farms which are generally remote from villages and cities or other areas of congested population seem to be ideally situated for obtaining wholesome water. In reality, however, deplorably insanitary conditions as regards the farm water-supplies prevail widely, if we may believe the authorized reports that have accumulated within two or three years from various state and national government sources.