Public Water System Needed, Says Health Commissioner

Issue 7 and Volume 66.

Public Water System Needed, Says Health Commissioner “The drinking water of Warren, Mass., is worse than sewage,” is the statement made by State Commissioner of Health Kelley, after investigating a number of cases of illness in that community, and analyzing the water of several wells in the town. Several cases of lead poisoning have been reported where entire families were ill. In his letter to Edmund P. Durant, chairman of the Warren board of health, the state commissioner said: “After analyzing water from the well on the Hackenson premises, Ramsdell street, it was found to contain twice as much chlorine as is ordinarily found in sewage. As was proven by other test cases, Warren wells were found to contain a supply of albininod ammonia as large as usually found in sewage effluent, and all the wells in more thickly populated parts of Warren are more or less polluted and are…

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