Pollution of Water Supplies

Archive Report

Pollution's Threat to Future Water Supply

“CLEAN WATER—A Challenge to the Nation” is the theme of a national conference meeting in Washington, Dec. 12–14, to formulate means of dealing with the growing threat of water pollution to public health and to the economic and social welfare of the American people. The conference was called by U.S. Surgeon General Leroy E. Burney, but it was originally suggested by President Eisenhower in a message to Congress last Feb. 23 vetoing a Democratic water pollution bill. The objectives of the conference, according to Arthur S. Flemming, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, are “(1) to reach agreement on a set of national goals to curb pollution; (2) to set forth specific programs needed to achieve these goals.”

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