The Present Water Supply
Excerpt from the Annual Report of William Ludlow,
Chief Engineer of the Philadelphia Water Department for the year 1884.



An overview of the failed attempts to keep the Schuylkill River's Fairmount pool (from which 80 percent of the City's water was derived) free from pollution. Of special interest is the discussion of sewage pollution, and the dangers it posed to the health of the population. See also Ludlow's annual report from 1883, which can be found here.



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The History of Philadelphia's Watersheds and Sewers

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