Fifty years ago sanitary engineering in this country scarcely existed, even in name. The larger cities were provided with public water supplies and there was a general desire among sanitarians to supply water free from filth. Sewers in combination with storm water
drains.had been built in the larger communities to a limited extent for several decades.
Some of the more progressive engineers were watching the activities of the Rivers Pollution Commissions in England andc at Paris, Berlin and a number of other places abroad.