Friday, January 21, 2011
An 1896 Editorial on Wisconsin Groundwater for Schools
"Water-Supply to Schools
Investigation into the conditions of the water-supply of the country schools in Wisconsin revealed five wells out of one hundred as yielding pure water. It is true that God made the country and man made the town, but it is equally true that man has done his best by greed and ignorance to spoil what God has made. Imagine the effect on some school committeemen of demanding an investigation into the condition of the school supply of water ! Imagine the presentation of a bill before the town authorities for the scientific care of the supply and waste of water at the school-house ! It takes brains to see the relation between the loss through sickness and death and the sanitary conditions surrounding the school-house."
I guess you can't argue with the author's logic - especially since no author is listed. Anyway, I hope things have improved in Wisconsin since then.