River Pollution

  title={River Pollution},
  author={J. H. Mccoy},
  journal={The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health},
  pages={154 - 162}
  • J. H. Mccoy
  • Published 1 May 1963
  • History
  • The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health
AN’S ENVIRONMENT, water, earth, air, is always polluted by his waste products. M The problem of the disposal of human excreta first became acute when man discovered the cultivation and harvesting of grain, and learned to live in communities. Disastrous experience most probably taught urban man to select his drinking water from sources unpolluted with human wastes, for by the beginning of the Christian era Roman cities had evolved the essentials of the modern approach to the problem, namely, a… 
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