Chlorine Treatment at Altoona
The State Health Department of Pennsylvania has refused a request made by the city of Altoona for permission to discontinue the chlorine treatment of water at Kittanning Point. At a recent council meeting City Bacteriologist J. B. Crilly said tests showed the city water pure, the railroad company’s tests showing the same thing. Following this, City Manager H. G. Hinkle wrote to Dr. B. Franklin Royer, acting health commissioner, Harrisburg, suggesting discontinuance of the treatment. Dr. Royer’s reply said in part: “The disastrous experience with the Altoona city water supply at the time of the typhoid epidemic, together with necessity for every precaution to preserve the purity of a public water supply during these war times, prevents favorable consideration of your request of April 15, for permission to omit the chlorine treatment. The quantity of chemical used should be balanced against the organic content of your water supply. If this is done you will not waste any of the chemical.” Reports from Altoona state that at the next council meeting a resolution will likely be passed that will give the city manager the right to buy the chlorine by the year.