Water Filtration Experiments

Water Filtration Experiments (HM1YR0)

Location: Louisville, KY 40207 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 16.804', W 85° 42.097'

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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
HM NumberHM1YR0
Year Placed2016
Placed ByKentucky Historical Society · Kentucky Department of Highways
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Date Added Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 613561 N 4237686
Decimal Degrees38.28006667, -85.70161667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 16.804', W 85° 42.097'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 16' 48.24" N, 85° 42' 5.82" W
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Area Code(s)502
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1051 Zorn Ave, Louisville KY 40207, US
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