The Sanitary City: Urban Infrastructure in America from Colonial Times to the Present

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000 - Technology & Engineering - 578 pages
"An invisible infrastructure defines a significant portion of the American urban experience, affecting everything from the quality of the water we drink to the frequency of our trash collection to the pressure of the flush in our toilets. In The Sanitary City: Urban Infrastructure in America from Colonial Times to the Present, Martin V. Melosi studies water supply, wastewater, and solid-waste-disposal systems in U.S. cities from the colonial era to the present day. Along the way, Melosi discusses not only changing technologies and the expanding population but also growing public health awareness and ecological theories. He shows how the social beliefs and scientific understandings that emerged over time influenced how Americans have viewed waste and sanitation in urban life and how they came to accept workable solutions to the problems of sanitation, water delivery, and waste removal. Ambitious and comprehensive, The Sanitary City incorporates an exhaustive supply of sources, from popular accounts and journalism to scholarly histories in the fields of technology and urban growth to congressional reports and legislative studies. It will appeal to scholars, students, and professionals in environmental history, urban studies, the history of science and technology, public health, and American government."--

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
The Age Of MiasMAS from Colonial Times to 1880
15
THE BACTERIOLOGICAL REVOLUTION 1880 1945
103
WATER SUPPLY AS a National Issue The Federal Government
213
SEWERAGE TREATMENT AND THE BROADENING VIEWPOINT
235
THE ORPHAN Child of SANITARY ENGINEERING Refuse
261
The New ECOLOGY 19452000
281
The Water Crisis in an Effluent Society
296
Solid Waste AS THIRD POLLUTION 19451970
338
FROM EARTH DAY TO INFRASTRUCTURE CRISIS Forces Shaping
355
BEYOND BROKEN PIPES AND TIRED TREATMENT Plants Water
373
OUT OF STATE OUT OF MIND The Garbage Crisis
395
EPILOGUE
423
Notes
429
Bibliographical Essay
553
Figure and Photo Credits
563

BEYOND THEIR LIMITS Decaying Sewers Overflows
320

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