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A NEW RAW WATER SUPPLY FOR THE CITY OF McKEESPORT

Issue 6 and Volume 60.

A NEW RAW WATER SUPPLY FOR THE CITY OF McKEESPORT The City of McKeesport, Pa., is situated in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, at the junction of the Youghiogheny and Monongahela Rivers, at a distance of fifteen miles by river above Pittsburgh. The population is approximately 50,000. For twenty-seven years the source of public water supply has been the Youghiogheny river, which until 1908 was supplied in the raw state, but during the past eight years has been purified by softening and filtration. There is now under construction a new intake in the Monongahela river to obtain a supply of raw water from this stream. It is the purpose of this paper to consider the circumstances and conditions which led to the abandonment of the Youghiogheny and adoption of the Monongahela rivers as a source of raw water supply. The first public works to supply water to McKeesport were constructed in 1881.…

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