|Description:||This historic 1921 diagrammatic sketch, which had been digitally enhanced and colorized, depicted the water pumping station at Benson, Minnesota at the time of a water-borne typhoid fever epidemic in August, 1914. In the center of the sketch, the artist had indicated a leak in the “pump pit”, which contributed to the water supply’s contamination.|
This was one of a series of instructional images used by the Minnesota Board of Health, in order to train the state's public health workers. The purpose of these images and the training was focused on protecting water supplies from bacterial contamination due to incorrect disposal of waste, such as sewage, which might foul ground water, rivers, lakes, and streams. The descriptive information accompanying this drawing referred to a governmental publication with instructions describing the correct placement and construction of a detached home privy. The specific citation was, “Special Report of the Epidemic of Typhoid Fever at Benson, Minnesota, 1914, Sixth Biennial Report, Minnesota State Board of Health. p. 87”.