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Public Water-Supplies: Requirements, Resources, and the Construction of Works


WATER-SUPPLY is unquestionably one of the most important branches of civil engineering in the present day, owing to the widespread nature of the demands for it, the great value attached to a pure supply, resulting from the progress of sanitary science, and the increasing difficulty, in populous countries, of obtaining an unpolluted and adequate supply. This book has been prepared with the object of supplying the needs of teachers and students in technical schools; and the greater portion of it is based on the experience of the first-named author in teaching the subject for many years, which forms one branch of his courses of lectures in the University of Wisconsin. A novel feature in this volume is the conjunction of an engineer and a chemist in its production, thereby enabling the engineering and bacteriological aspects of the question to be dealt with respectively by very competent experts; whilst a chapter on pumping machinery is contributed by another engineer. Fundamental principles have been given more prominence than details of construction, though these latter have been largely made use of to illustrate the principles involved and differences in the conditions, and a considerable space has been devoted to the quality and purification of water-supplies, constituting such important considerations from a sanitary point of view, and also to the questions connected with ground-water. The comprehensive scope of the book, and its exhaustive, though concise, treatment of the subject are most effectively illustrated by a reference to the headings of the twentynine chapters into which the book is divided.

Public Water-Supplies: Requirements, Resources, and the Construction of Works.

By F. E. Turneaure H. L. Russell Pp. xiv + 746. (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1901. London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd.)

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Public Water-Supplies: Requirements, Resources, and the Construction of Works . Nature 64, 179–180 (1901).

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