Leadership

West Reading Water Supply

Issue 13 and Volume 55.

West Reading Water Supply The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently began action, through D. G. Dixon, commissioner, to force the purification of water at West Reading. According to published accounts, the West Reading Water Company supplies a growing community opposite the city of Reading on the west bank of the Schuylkill River. The water is drawn from the river at a point below numerous industrial plants and a storm sewer outlet, and is totally unfit to use for human consumption without filtration. The filter plant is old, out of repair and totally inadequate. The company has been required by the State to treat the water with a germicide and the Commisioner of Health ordered that a new filter plant be installed. But the company delayed for various reasons the preparation of the plans and finally the Commissioner of Health put the matter into the hands of the Attorney General, with…

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