Story: Public health

Sanitation: Palmerston North sewer pipes, about 1905 (1st of 2)

Sanitation: Palmerston North sewer pipes, about 1905

These men are taking a break from installing the sewer pipes in Palmerston North. The installation of a sewerage system was an important initiative in any town or city, and thus worthy of a commemorative photograph. Sewerage systems had a significant and positive impact on public health because they contributed to a reduction in infectious diseases such as typhoid.

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Palmerston North City Library
Reference: 2007N_Se3_WOR_0125
Photograph by Samuel Jickell

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Public health - Environmental health', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Jul 2019 with assistance from Richard Edwards