Sanitary Engineering is the application of engineering methods to improve sanitation of human communities, primarily by providing the removal and disposal of human waste, and in addition to the supply of safe potable water.
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.