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Artesian Well is Complete - 1887


Posted By: cheryl moonen (email)
Date: 5/1/2017 at 23:04:50

The Clinton Age, Clinton, Iowa, March 25, 1887

The artesian well is virtually complete as far as the depth is concerned. The drill has gone down 1,050 feet. The flow of water is fully 1,000 gallons per minute. It is a clear and pure water as one can ever expect to see. It has been analyzed by a local chemist who pronounces it as pure of the purest spring water. He says there is no sulphur in it as was first claimed, and that it is just the water for people to drink with the certainty of no deleterious consequences resulting. The well will be cased for some 300 feet to keep out the surface water, and this done there will be no complaint in Clinton about drinking Mississippi River water. Following the successful introduction all over the city of the pure water, there should be a general abandonment of the wells. There is not a well on the city plat but contains the seeds of disease. As long as very many people thought-though mistakenly-that the river water was no better than the well water–they could not be expected to give up their wells and put in the hydrant. Now they can no longer have any misgivings on this subject. The water works will furnish the purest of pure water. Let the people show their appreciation of the enterprise of these works by becoming their patrons.

The second well will be commenced at once, which will add another thousand gallons per minute to the supply.


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