Water Pollution

Archive Report

Indequacy of Anti-Pollution Safeguards

Population growth and industrial expansion have so aggravated the problem of water contamination in the United States that existing treatment and purification facilities are considered far from adequate to protect the health and economic well-being of the nation. Private and public expenditures of $9 billion to $12 billion, according to U.S. Public Health Service estimates, would be required over the next ten years to meet satisfactorily both the current and the anticipated needs for sewage treatment plants and plants to handle industrial wastes.1

The problem is primarily that of “an increasing pollutional load against a fixed supply of water.”2 Virtual cessation of non-defense public works construction during the war, when the population was gathering more densely around expanded industrial establishments, and further ...

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