A good water supply is one of the greatest boons man can possess. Notwithstanding this fact, it is the one thing above all others, almost, which is likely to receive the least attention. It is well known to those who have given the subject some study that the taste is no criterion by which to judge a water. So often have we known men to declare that a certain water was good because of its excellent taste, often due to chlorides, nitrates, etc., derived from sewage, or outhouses not far distant. So often men will provide their families with every comfort that modern applied science has made possible and yet unknowingly be using a contaminated water supply. This was recently well illustrated by a prosperous professional man of Sioux City who not long since built a new home in Morningside and furnished it with every modern convenience at a cost of several thousands of dollars. Instead of tapping the city water supply which was not far distant, he dug a well and within two or three rods of the well sank a large cesspool which receives the drain from the kitchen and water closet.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Sciences
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Cook, Alfred N. and Eberly, C. F.
"The Sioux City Water Supply,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 9(1), 90-101.
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