POLLUTION OF WATER WHOLESALE MURDER.
“Wholesale murder is the result of our criminal practice of dumping raw sewage into the water that other communities must drink. Outbreaks of typhoid sweeping like a scourage the whole length of a waterway invariably can be traced to this practice.” This statement was made at Pittsburg, Pa., before the delegates to the recent meeting of the State Homoeopathic Medical society by Dr. Harry F. Schantz, of Reading, while discussing the “Reading Sewage Disposal System.” He blamed the contractor for the failure to complete the plant. In discussing the dangers resulting from the failure to complete the plant. Or. Schantz said: “The nine dams in the Schuylkill river, which have a total fall of 81.45 ft. in the fifty miles of flow, act qs sedimenting basins and aerating plants, and render much of the suspended matter of little moment as a m mace to the health of Philadelphia. But. if the cities of Pottstoxvn, Phoenixville and Norristown are permitted to turn their sewage into the river in the raw state it will seriously pollute the river whence Philadelphia secures a part of its water supply. Norristown has constructed a sewage system and defiantly pours the raw sewage into the river. This question will require a court decision regarding the right to continue this practice and determine the power of the State to enforce provision of the new law.”