Issue 1 and Volume 38.

STATE WATER COMMISSIONS. The rapid growth of our cities and towns compels the adoption of comprehensive measures for the discovery, conservation and distribution of the water supply. When the population was scant and the towns few and unimportant, the failure of the water supply, its appropriation by one community to the detriment of another and the disposal of sewage so that it might not contaminate the drinking water of other places were given slight consideration. The idea that the water supply of such extensive jurisdictions as the States of Pennsylvania and New York should be distributed in pursuance of the regulations of a State commission, a central body having oversight of the present and future needs of every division of the State, is of comparatively recent origin. It has been realised this year, so far as enabling legislation is concerned, by the passage by the legislatures of the States named…

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