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Mr. The preliminary investigations for a new water supply for Parkers-

burg were commenced by Senator Camden — at his own expense —
as early as about 1903, and were continued from time to time
until Mr. Knowles was engaged in 1908. During this period he con-
ferred with the writer many times. As stated by Mr. Fuller, two
factions of the citizens were developed, one led by Senator Camden
favoring a well supply, and the other led by the mayor of the city
at that time, favoring a mechanical filtration system. Senator
Camden spent several thousand dollars of his personal funds in extend-
ing the information as to the available natural supply obtainable from
wells, and, besides, devoted much of his time to gathering information,
locally and in the Ohio Valley, relative to the subject. He also pre-
sented the city with a tract of 43 acres for water-works purposes, but
this was lost by the failure to adopt the well system.

The mayor in ofiice at that period was skillful enough to use
the subject so as to obtain two elections therefrom, but, on the third,
it resulted not only in his complete downfall, but also in changing
the three-headed form of city government — consisting of a council,
board of affairs, and mayor — to one of simply a mayor and four com-
missioners working as a single body.

Mr. Johnson and others who wish for more data on the investiga-
tions by Mr. Knowles and Messrs. Fuertes and Fuller, in reference
to the natural available well supply on the Camden Farm, the capacity
of the wells, the comparison of the several waters chemically, the bac-
teria, B. coli, and bacteria count, should obtain printed copies of these
reports from the city clerk; they contain many valuable data, too
extensive for this paper.

A copy of the test made under the direction of Edward Mayo Tol-
man, Jun. Am. Soc. C. E., Chief Engineer of the State Board of Health,
for the fiscal year past, as prepared by him and given out for publication
under date of August 13th, 1917, is given in Table 8.

In a further report, in reference to this supply, Mr. Tolman says :

"The Parkersburg water supply is undoubtedly safe for consumption.
■^ * * A few samples have been pronounced unsafe, and a few
more suspicious. Some of the unsafe samples are undoubtedly due
to the length of time elapsing between their collection and analysis.
To be truly representative of the water, an analysis should be made
within a very few hours after the sample has been collected, and yet
at least one set of samples was 5 days in reaching the laboratory —
ample time for the bacteria present to develop in untold numbers.

"As for the poor samples that cannot be accounted for in this
manner, you must realize that Parkersburg has practically, if not
actually, the only filter plant in the State that is not using large
amounts of chemicals to obtain a satisfactory water. The addition of
these cliemicals is a large factor in reducing the number of bacteria.
If Parkersburg will slightly increase the amount of chlorine now used.



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