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30 Days of #DrJohnSnow

By Michael J. McGuire Beginning February 14 and continuing over the next 30 days, daily messages about #DrJohnSnow and the #BroadStPump will be posted on Twitter. The following posting is about the life of Dr. Snow and how he influenced … Continue reading

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Dr. John Snow and the Broad Street Pump

By Michael J. McGuire Dr. John Snow (March 15, 1813–June 16, 1858) was famous for the Broad Street Pump episode but he accomplished so much more than that. He was first and foremost a physician who trained in England in … Continue reading

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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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2012 in review

By Michael J. McGuire The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: In 2012, there were 42 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 71 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 10 … 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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Drinking Water Regulatory Update—December 3, 2012

 By Michael J. McGuire Alan Roberson is the Director of Federal Relations for the American Water Works Association. He has released the latest in a series of drinking water regulatory updates. The regulatory update covers these important topics: Consumer Confidence … Continue reading

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The Invisible Water Corporation

By Peter Prevos Managers of tap water systems around the world struggle with the same important question: how do you measure the level of service provided to customers? Most existing benchmarking systems are defined from an internal technical perspective and … 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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Lessons of History: Hurricane Sandy Tests New York City’s Water Infrastructure

by James Salzman—environmental law professor at Duke University and the author of Drinking Water:  A History As the fury of Hurricane Sandy crashed into New Jersey last month, Facebook postings along the storm’s path recounted the collapse of one service … 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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