Small Public Water Supplies

Small Public Water Supplies

The tendency in some states, notably Vermont, to form groups of rural residences or small villages so that they may receive a common water supply, the expense of which is borne jointly by the several members of the group, or by the village government, if such exists, has raised the problem of the regulation of such semi-public water supplies. Such combinations, forming a “public supply” in the eyes of the law, require a certain amount of supervision to guard against pollution or its consequences. The Vermont state board of health has wisely undertaken to regulate these water supplies and to safeguard the health of the people who take advantage of the system. The methods adopted will, no doubt, give some suggestions to other communities so situated.

The water works superintendent of the nearest city or large town is naturally interested in these rural groups from many angles. He, no doubt, for one thing, will he called upon to give advice and the benefit of his experience in the installation and maintenance of such systems in nearby rural communities. He also will be interested in the proper maintenance of such supplies from the standpoint of health. A case of typhoid or other germ-carrying disease among these rural supplies may easily con taminate the water of his own system.

The work of the state board of health in supervising these small groups, thus, under such circumstances. assumes a new importance, and the article by Mr. Moat on the methods and work of the Vermont board will. therefore, prove of particular interest to superintendents who have this problem to deal with.

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