The medical officer, for obvious reasons, was the first of the military personnel to report on this station; about 200 laborers, arriving a few days before, had arranged for the pit system of latrines. On account of the potential menace of these fecal pits and the possibilities of their being dug up by pipe laying, road building, etc., they were ordered filled and the pail system of latrines susbtituted.
In a few days, Marines began to arrive, and in such numbers as to somewhat tax the sanitary service. On recommendations of the medical officer, by maintaining several hundred laborers working night and day, it was possible to complete the water carriage sewerage system in five weeks. The original estimate for this was from three to four months.
The camp site was found to be well situated, with the exception of marshes and swamps existing in proximity. This objection, however, was
MANN WL. SANITATION OF THE MARINE BARRACKS, QUANTICO, VA. WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE METHODS OF CONSERVANCY EMPLOYED. JAMA. 1918;70(14):996–997. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.26010140007011c
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