Issue 11 and Volume 64.

CAUSES OF WATER SHORTAGE. The various phases of the water conservation problem have been especially emphasized and brought home to the communities of all parts of the country by the severe and longcontinued drought that has held the country in its grip during the past summer. Water supplies that under ordinary conditions have been ample to furnish certain cities and villages have, under the unusually long and severe dry spell, come very near the famine stage. It was only by careful economy in the use of the water that prevented a serious shortage in many cases, with its attendant detriment to the health of the people and the business of the places affected. This has led in many instances to investigation on the part of the authorities looking to the betterment of the service and prevention, so far as possible, of repetition of the trouble. Accidents, too, make strong arguments…

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