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The Best of “This Day in Water History”—2012

By Michael J. McGuire I have been posting daily water historical happenings since September 1, 2012 on my other blog This Day in Water History. I thought it would be fun to choose my favorites and post short versions of … Continue reading

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Nascent Oxygen?–What is Really Killing Bacteria in Water?

by Michael J. McGuire Before we understood that oxidation-reduction reactions involved electron transfers, chemists theorized that oxygen existed in a “nascent state.” This state made it possible for oxidation reactions to take place. Such an outmoded chemistry concept is relevant … Continue reading

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George Warren Fuller: The Greatest Sanitary Engineer of His Time

by Michael J. McGuire George Warren Fuller was, quite simply, the greatest sanitary engineer of his time, and his time was long—lasting from 1895 to 1934.  In truth, we have not seen his like since.  How did he reach the … Continue reading

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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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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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