Protection for Ogden Water Supply

Protection for Ogden Water Supply

A warning against pollution of the Ogdon River and its tributaries, from which Ogden City. Utah, must secure its water supply, has been issued by Prof. G. W. Bailey, special sanitary inspector with the water department. Owing to limited supply from the upper streams of the river and the heavy use in Ogden at present. Prof. Bailey declares that it will be necessary to use some water from the large branches and even from the main river. In his statement Prof. Bailey said: “During the balance of the summer season while the city’s protected water supply is insufficient for domestic use, lawn and street sprinkling, it is necessary to use a great deal of water from an unprotected source, the Ogden River. This condition is unfortunate inasmuch as the Ogden River tributaries, namely, North Fork, Middle Fork and South Fork, are favorite fishing and camping spots, especiallySouth Fork, where all kinds of waste and refuse incident to camping are left in great amounts. The streams arc used for bathing, dishwashing and catch-all for everything from a cigar stump to a dead porcupine and this, too, by the citizens of Ogden. Perhaps this needless pollution of the water is in part due to a belief that running water purifies itself in a short distance and that pollution at a distance so great as camps in South Fork could not be objectionable, A statement refuting this purifying notion cannot be made too emphatic, as all sanitarians know, and any disease germs entering our supply streams at the greatest possible distance from the citymight easily find their way into our glass of w-ater. The bacterial content of water taken from house taps is low at present with no indication of objectionable germs. The streams which enter the power dam, however, have a rather high count and but ‘for the settling which occurs in the ponded water of the dam would come to us in that condition. The dam then, while almost a slough and causing the water to have a ‘sloughy’ taste is a source of safety.”

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