No Contagious Sickness in Manchester, Conn.
A work that is for the public good is going on in Manchester, Conn., and results already obtained have been brought about in such an unassuming way that few people have realized that the good ends have been reeached. This is the work that is being done by the local board of health with the cooperation of the state board and by the state board in cooperation with the local board. Among the things that have been taken up and on which the state alone has spent $5,000 in Manchester in the past year, is an effort to clear the brooks and rivers in town from materials that are now allowed to empty into them, causing a pollution of the streams, and which has been a menace to the public health, says the Hartford Courant. Two years ago, there was enacted a law making it necessary for all residents in the town who abutted a sanitary sewer to make connection with that sewer instead of having cesspools and the like. This rule was not enforced during the war, but last month the local board of health issued orders that the change must be made, and judging from the number of plumbing permits, there are many following this order: The order as first issued was taken by many to apply to sink drains only, or to cases where there were other plumbing connections already in the house, but this is to be made more clear in another order that the local board of health expects to issue this week, which will make necessary the installation of toilets in all houses, and the doing away with out-of-door toilets in the sections of the town where there is a sanitary sewer. This change has been advocated in private talks with many of the property owners and the board of health and there has been a general effort to comply with the request, with the result that in South Manchester today there are less than 80 out-of-door toilets. The fact that all of the North End is not taken care of by a sanitary sewer makes conditions different in that part of the town, but with the war over there is likely to be started soon the completion of another sanitary sewer trunk line that will take care of the section that includes North School street, north of the school building, North street, Union street and the side streets connecting. Connections, it is believed, can he installed and a big improvement made in that part of the town. The work that has already been accomplished shows results, as at present there is not a case of contagion of any kind in town and the town is exceptionally free from sickness.