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The United Kingdom’s Water Through Time

By Barbara Drummond In 1847 Captain John Paty, future admiral of the Hawaiian navy and one of the most successful captains in history, became ill after a night drinking in his local hostelry in what was to become San Francisco. … Continue reading

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Water History Can Strengthen AWWA Sections

Publisher’s Note: This article in slightly different form appeared in a recent electronic newsletter (“Section Direction”) produced by the American Water Works Association for the officers and top volunteers of its Sections. by Michael J. McGuire What is the biggest … Continue reading

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The Structure of Water Resources Development in Nigeria

Publisher’s Note:  After meeting Michael Oluwabunmi on the Linkedin networking site, I invited him to share his knowledge of water resources development in his country. Michael (MNIWASA) is a member of Nigeria Water and Sanitation Association (NIWASA). He is also … Continue reading

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A Look Back at Water Works Ownership from a Wisconsin Perspective

Publisher’s Note:  Ed and I bumped into each other (electronically) on Linkedin. He posted a comment to a discussion that I started and noted that he had just completed a manuscript for a book entitled Water Rich:  The History of … Continue reading

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100 Years of Outlawing the Common Cup

By Michael J. McGuire At the turn of the 20th century, public health professionals were still struggling to incorporate the precepts of the germ theory into all of their protocols. The general population was even further behind and, in many … Continue reading

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21st Century and the Common Cup

By Michael J. McGuire There are still many parts of the world that use the common cup at fountains and other sources of drinking water. Cultural habits are strong.

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Common Cup Countdown–October 29, 2012

October 29, 2012:  Common Cup Countdown-1 day to the 100th anniversary of 1st U.S. drinking water regulation-Dixie Cups. “By 1912 the cup company had semiautomatic dispensers and began selling the product to drug stores and soda fountains as the Health … Continue reading

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Common Cup Countdown–October 28, 2012

October 28, 2012:  Common Cup Countdown-2 days to the 100th anniversary of 1st U.S. drinking water regulation-an unexpected visitor. “His efforts to destroy the common cup, in the first state to do so, received a huge boost nationally when he … Continue reading

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Common Cup Countdown–October 27, 2012

October 27, 2012:  Common Cup Countdown-3 days to the 100th anniversary of 1st U.S. drinking water regulation-railroads and the janitor.  “It required much time and experience to destroy the traditional common cup. Trains traveling through Kansas complied with the ruling, … Continue reading

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Common Cup Countdown–October 26, 2012

October 26, 2012:  Common Cup Countdown-4 days to the 100th anniversary of 1st U.S. drinking water regulation-swabs and communion. “The scientific doctor decided he needed evidence for the board to rule against the common cup effectively to make certain that … Continue reading

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