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Description:This historic 1917 photograph showed a man drinking from an unsatisfactorily designed drinking water fountain on the campus of a Minnesota university, on May 11th that year. The Minnesota Department of Health examined the University’s drinking fountains, and determined that the designs increased chances for bacterial contamination. Diagrammatic examples of unsatisfactory drinking fountain nozzles can be seen in PHIL #8514. A drawing of an improved water fountain nozzle can be seen in PHIL #8515.
The descriptive information accompanying the drawing referred to a governmental publication with instructions on how to avoid such design-related problems. This is one of a series of instructional images used by the Minnesota Board of Health to train its public health workers. The purpose of the images and the training was focused on protecting public water supplies from bacterial contamination by implementing improved technologies.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Minnesota Department of Health, R.N. Barr Library; Librarians Melissa Rethlefsen and Marie Jones
Creation Date:1917
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Links:Minnesota Health Department
CDC – Healthy Water
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.