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August 25, 1962

Fallout and the Water Supply

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1103 Grand Ave., Kansas City 6, Mo.

JAMA. 1962;181(8):733. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050340071019

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To the Editor:—  In regard to the article, When Do You Leave a Fallout Shelter? (JAMA180:144 [April 14] 1962), I wish to say this: In the articles written about fallout shelters and methods of survival during an explosion, no one has mentioned what would be used for water when the survivors came out of a fallout shelter.If there is enough danger to warrant the building of these shelters, then plans for the survival of those who remain alive must be forthcoming. If an H bomb explosion is powerful enough to produce the destruction that we think it will, all water mains, sewage systems, and reservoirs will be destroyed, so that only surface water will remain for drinking. This water need not be contaminated by fallout. It will be contaminated by many bacterial growths.For this reason underground reservoirs of water, which can not be contaminated by either

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