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December 23, 1905

THE WATER SUPPLY IN SHIPS FROM ITS BEGINNING TO THE PRESENT TIME.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(26):1935-1940. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510260021001f
Abstract

CHANGES IN OUR PRESENT METHOD OF STORING AND DISTRIBUTING WATER, RECENTLY PROPOSED.  Certain well-marked sanitary defects inherent in our present methods of storing and distributing water on shipboard must have been noticed by every thoughtful naval surgeon, no matter how brief his experience at sea. These defects concern the water tanks, the pipe connections and the scuttlebutt. To begin with, one fundamental difficulty about the water tanks, located as they are, near the bottom of the ship, is, that it is at times almost impossible for a man in the hold to distinguish the one containing merely feed or other utility water from the one containing distilled water for drinking. Since much might depend on this under certain circumstances, measures should be taken to prevent such a mistake from occurring. A radical remedy has recently been suggested by Couteaud and Girard,12 who recommended the establishment of two separate holds,

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