PROTECTION OF THE COLUMBUS WATER SUPPLY.

PROTECTION OF THE COLUMBUS WATER SUPPLY.

Application of the Braun law, which provides that riiunicipalities have jurisdiction over their water supply for a distance of twenty miles beyond the corporation line, is shortly to be made by the board of service of Columbus, Ohio, acting in conjunction with the board of health. River patrolmen will be required to make thorough inspection of the banks of the Scioto and contributing streams, in order to prevent pollution from vaults, camping parties, farmhouses and other sources of danger to a water supply. It is probable that the force of river patrolmen will be increased, in order to cover the greater territory assigned to them for inspection. During May there were, in the city, eleven deaths from typhoid fever, and one case has steadily come in for each day of June. Water analysis shows that colon bacilli are absent, and have been absent since April 18, yet the prevalance of the disease, in certain sections of the city leads the health authorities to believe that wells are polluted. Sanitary officers have been instructed by Dr. Smith, superintendent of health, to examine vaults, and report all families which do not use properly built structures.

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