The Sewage Question in California

The Sewage Question in California

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...for some years, had made this subject his special study," and who did not agree with Mr. B in others of his conclusions, nor fully even in this one, said: "As a process which numbers many and most zealous--not to say "occasionally intolerant--advocates, I first refer to irrigation. No one "can dispute that earth has a wonderfully deodorizing power, which "increases the more finely the soil is pulverized and subdivided, and "the more thoroughly it gives passage to the air. The foecal matters "and other impurities attach themselves to the surfaces of the particles "of earth by a kind of cohesive attraction, and in this state are readily "attacked by the oxygen of the air. Their organic carbon becomes "carbonic acid; their nitrogen is converted into nitrous or nitric acid, "which unites with lime, magnesia, and other basic elements present." He then goes on to speak of the unsuitableness of some kinds of land, and the difficulty of securing land for this purpose in many parts of England, together with the limited variety of crops to which sewage waters can be advantageously applied, and concludes, while admitting the efficiency and value of irrigation as a process for the purification of sewage under favorable circumstances, that, owing to the absence of these circumstances in most cases, the method cannot be looked to as one solving the sewage problem for England. The original paper covers fifty-five closely printed octavo pages, and considers the question from every standpoint, as a review of the experience had and published up to that date. The discussion which followed was participated in by a number of engineers and scientists of good standing, the report of which covers ninety similar...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123663067X
  • 9781236630674