Pure and Wholesome

Committee on History and Heritage of ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-290-6 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-290-8 (ISBN-10), 1981, Soft Cover, Pg. 175
A Collection of Papers on Water and Waste Treatment at the Turn of the Century
Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book


Four papers published between 1899 and 1907 describe problems in sanitary engineering encountered during a time of rapid urbanization. In these papers and associated discussions, leading engineers discuss the most appropriate means of providing water of acceptable quality and the problems of pollution from sewage and solid wastes. The emphasis is on filtration, with discussions of filtration versus watershed protection to insure an uncontaminated source of water. Also, the question of the necessity of treating sewage, if in fact filtration is effective in producing a water that is pure and wholesome, is debated. Attitudes and practices concerned with environmental quality were developed in this formative period which persist to this day. The introductory paper was prepared for the Centennial of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1952 and provides an historical context in which to place the other papers.

Subject Headings: Filtration | Water pollution | Water quality | Sewage | Water management | Sanitary engineering | Urban areas | Solid mechanics


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