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September 19, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(12):455-456. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410900031008

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The Board of Health has for some time been engaged in a thorough investigation of the sources of pollution along the Croton water shed, in consequence of the somewhat unsatisfactory condition of the water, as shown by the analyses made by the chemists of the Board. The two great aqueducts now in use bring to the city a daily supply of about 150,000,000 gallons of water, which comes from Croton Lake, a body of water formed by damming the Croton River a short distance from the point where it flows into the Hudson. The Croton River brings water down into this lake from the hills of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties, and near Croton Falls the river divides into three forks which are known as the East, Middle and West branches. Each of these is fed by numerous streams and brooks, many of them being of

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