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December 9, 1911

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PURIFICATION OF SEWAGE

Author Affiliations

Consulting Engineer, New York

JAMA. 1911;LVII(24):1903-1907. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260120093007
Abstract

The disposal of wastes from large communities has from the immemorial been a subject that has not only presented difficulties but also frequently much annoyance to those in charge. Such wastes are both solid and liquid and they may emit offensive odors. The solids consist of garbage, sweepings and general rubbish, and the liquids consist of sewage, including the solid matter which it carries in suspension.

House rubbish, sweepings, sewage and insects, bred in and nurtured by garbage and other filth, are known to be carriers of the germs of some infectious diseases. They are also well known as nuisances, which fact to the average individual is generally the stronger cause for speedy and effective remedy.

In modern times many improvements have been made to bring about better health and more comfort to the inhabitants of cities. At last a point seems reached at which also the To.,1 ' all wastes

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