100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Hygienic Drinking Water Made Into Federal Law

The theory of germs transmitting disease is still a concept that many people have a hard time accepting. It is still a popular custom to use of a single cup or dipper for a pail of water or water cooler at public conveniences.

“It not infrequently happens that the same persons who complain loudly and rightly enough, perhaps, of dirty streets, and are quick to blame public officials for their laxity in this respect will, nevertheless, at fountains, in railway trains or in theaters, apply their own lips to public drinking-cups which a few minutes before have been touched by the lips of strangers, possibly suffering from infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis or diphtheria.” – 1902

Doctors are very aware of the problem but people and corporations are slow to act in making changes.

On October 30, 1912 the federal government established the very first national drinking water regulation that banned the use of the common cup aboard interstate train carriers.

The Common Drinking Cup

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