THE CROTON WATER

THE CROTON WATER

Recent investigation shows that many of the cases of typhoid fever which occur in the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, New York, are traceable to the contamination of the Croton water supply, for the filtration of which the New York German Medical society has presented a strongly worded memorial to Mayor Low. The percentage of deaths from typhoid is twenty-eight, instead of ten—many light cases not being reported at all. The petitioners do not assert that the Croton water is particularly bad, or that the city is now more exposed than usual to danger from this source. What they point out is in effect, that New York is far behind other cities in the precautions it has taken to guard its inhabitants against infection from impure water and is suffering the consequences in the form of an unnecessarily long list of typhoid victims. The New York Times, therefore, points out that “in the light of what these physicians report, it is the obvious duty of the administration to take immediate steps to purify the city’s water supply—a duty which the present enlightened government will not be slow to appreciate to the full.” The proper and only way is by the installation of an “adequate filter plant for the public water,” which the experience of other cities in the United States and Europe has shown meets ihe difficulty. The Times adds: “It is intolerable that New York should lag behind other cities in such an elementary measure of ordinary civilization. T hat we should continue to expose ourselves to so easily preventable and grave a risk is not to be thought of.”

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