Minnesota State Board of Health Controls Water Supply Plans
A regulation which provides that the Minnesota State Board of Health shall control all plans and specifications for water-supply, sewerage and refuse disposal systems for public use in that state has recently been adopted. It is as follows: “No system of water supply, sewerage, or refuse disposal for public use, which affects or tends to affect public health, shall be installed, nor shall any such existing system be materially altered or extended, until complete plans and specifications for the installation, alteration, or extension, together with such information as the state board of health may require, have been submitted in duplicate and approved by the board so far as relates to their sanitary features. All construction shall take place in accordance with the plans as approved, whether with or without modification. Whenever any governing body of any municipality having charge thereof shall determine that there shall be any material change in the plans, construction, or operation of any such systems, such governing body shall submit to the state board of health, in duplicate, a detailed statement of such action or such contemplated changes before it shall enter upon the making of such changes or enter into any contract therefor or any part thereof, and then such changes shall only be made after approval as to all matters liable to affect public health, by the state board of health.”
Engineer Burton Lowther, of the Kansas City, Mo., water works department, claims that the city’s water is pure, despite the complaints which have come to the Burlington Railroad Company who claimed that their coaches were supplied with the city’s water. It is probable that appearances due to cleaning of storage basins, have been held up against it.