Uroglena Comes to Town

by Laurel | May 13th, 2010

May 13, 1904

City Engineer Tighe has discovered the first traces of the dreaded uroglena, which has made the water taste badly during several weeks in the past, and notified Superintendent Hardy of the water department to make the necessary connections so that the water from Bray’s pond and from Fomer can be taken instead of that from Ashley and Wright’s ponds, where the uroglena is taking possession. The theory of the water departments which is to be now demonstrated is that the uroglena as a rule rarely attacks all of the ponds’ and that the citizens may be spared the nuisance of the bad tasting water by making use of a piping system whereby the water may be dawn from an uninfected pond. The uroglena seldom stays longer than six weeks. There is plenty of water coming in from Fromer, and this, with the water from Bray’s pond, is expected to take care of Holyoke’s demands. Mayor Chapin was among those who examined the pest under the microscope yesterday. City Engineer Tighe has been in correspondence with the experts over the plan of using copper salts in the water to kill the microscopic objects in the waters of reservoirs, which due not has been made in The Republican. The city engineer has also a new apparatus for testing the cleanliness of water and is gradually acquiring a little laboratory for the testing and study of reservoir and water conditions.

From The Springfield Republican.

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