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August 25, 1962

Fallout and the Water Supply-Reply

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Box 203, Route 4, Tucson, Ariz.

JAMA. 1962;181(8):733. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050340071020

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To the Editor:—  Neglecting for the moment the contamination of air, I agree with Dr. Dennie that consideration of the problem of contamination of water is most necessary, but I disagree that it has not been considered. One of the standard "sick" jokes among survival experts was the widespread sale of "instant water": You buy an empty container at an inflated price, just add drinking water, and you have instant drinking water.Merril Eisenbud et al. give their reason for dismissing water contamination in relation to one particular portion of the problem (Science136:372 [May 4] 1962). This is only one of hundreds of articles that carefully describe, measure, and calculate the myriad problems of conservation. The civil defense authorities have always considered human life, food, water, air, and excreta in about that order of importance.We all tend to forget the obvious just because it is so obvious.

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