John O'Connor

Early History of Water Treatment

Blog Post created by John O'Connor on Feb 24, 2016



For millennia, humans have sought out healthy sources of potable water - and worked to devise means for purifying dirty or polluted waters.


The earliest small-scale treatments often involved heating or boiling as well as rudimentary filtration, aeration, and storage. Even distillation was among the early techniques devised.


Mechanical means for water treatment (filtration) awaited the tools and materials provided by the industrial revolution.