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Water Filtration Experiments

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
1. Water Filtration Experiments Marker
Inscription.
Water Filtration Experiments
On this site, 1895-1897, George Warren Fuller, now known as "the father of sanitary engineering,” conducted the first scientific testing of water filtration. For a year, four companies tested filter devices to clean the muddy water of the Ohio River. Fuller continued his experiments for another year.

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The data he collected led to a 3-part system that includes sand and gravel filtration. This system purified Ohio River water so well that when filtering began in 1909, the number of deaths from typhoid fever declined by 60%. Fuller's purification system formed the basis of modern water filtration.
Sponsored by the Louisville Water Company

 
Erected 2016 by Kentucky Historical Society Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2505.)
 
Location. 38° 16.804′ N, 85° 42.097′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road and Zorn Avenue, on the right when traveling south on River Road. Touch for map. Located in Louisville Water Tower Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3005 River Road, Louisville KY 40207, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
2. Water Filtration Experiments Marker
are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Water Works Pumping Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Louisville Water Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Hospital (approx. one mile away in Indiana); The Heigold Facade (approx. 1.7 miles away); Kentucky School for the Blind (approx. 1.8 miles away); Since 1842 / Since 1858 (approx. 1.8 miles away); Clark County All Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away in Indiana); Filtration Plant / Reservoir and Gatehouse (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  George W. Fuller on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 6, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceScience & Medicine
 
Water Filtration Experiments Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
3. Water Filtration Experiments Marker
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By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
4. Some of the Buildings of the Louisville WaterWorks
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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