Highway Signs Show Safe Water Supply

Highway Signs Show Safe Water Supply

The state board of health of Minnesota has adopted a plan by which the public is informed of the safety of a municipality’s water supply on entering the city or town. This is done by means of a sign 18 x 24 feet attached in each instance below the name of the municipality on the state trunk and other highways. These signs will be placed for the board by an arrangement with the state highway commission or the county highway engineers as the case may be. The double object of the health board in thus placing these signs, according to H. A. Whittaker, director of the division of sanitation, state board of health, Minnesota, is to inform the traveler that the water of the town he is entering is pure, and of stimulating the municipalities which are slow in improving their water supply to merit the signs.

How Minnesota Advertises Its Safe Water.

In referring to what the board sets as a standard for cities and towns in order to receive and retain these signs, Mr. Whittaker says: “Municipalities which are permitted to post these signs agree to have the water supplies investigated at least once each year and to make any reasonable changes, alterations, improvements, or repairs to the water-supply system which may be necessary from time to time in order to maintain it in a satisfactory and approved condition, and to advise the State Board of Health in advance when any changes in the system are contemplated and to notify immediately the State Board of Health in case of any accident to the system which might impair the sanitary quality of the water. These municipalities further agree to make no objection to the removal of these highway signs in case the water supply is at any time found to be in a condition which would be considered unsatisfactory from a sanitary point of view by the State Board of Health.”

Large Delegation Attended Water Hearing—A large delegation attended the recent water hearing at Harrisburg, Pa., protesting against the advanced rates proposed by the Roaring Creek Water Company. A large representation of the United Mine Workers, together with committees of Shamokin Borough, made the trip to the capitol city.

Water Storage in Colorado Springs, Col., Declines—The water storage in Colorado Springs, Col., shows a decline of 73,000,000 gallons. The daily use is 7,000,000 gallons and the streams supply only 4,000,000 gallons per day. The total storage of reservoirs number 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, and Lake Moraine is 820,000,000 gallons.

West Reading, Pa., May Not Get City Water—No conclusion has been reached thus far by the council concerning the application of West Reading, Pa., to have city water turned into the latter’s mains. Mayor Sharman is in favor of granting the request because he feels that it would be a step in the right direction.

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