The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) was founded as a part of the University of Illinois Chemistry Department in 1895 to survey the waters of Illinois to trace the spread of water-borne diseases. Chemical analyses of water samples were performed by Professor Arthur W. Palmer. Realizing the importance of clean drinking water, Palmer set initial survey goals of determining sanitary conditions of the state's water supplies and setting local standards of purity. He then recommended that the scope of the work be expanded, and the Illinois General Assembly provided funding to establish the State Water Survey as an institution.
Submitted by timekeep on Sun, 2015-08-30 20:49
Jan 02, 1895
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