Did you know that George W. Fuller was born today in 1868? He was an American sanitary engineer. Sanitary engineers design treatment plants that purify water from lakes, rivers, and other sources to make it drinkable; and cleanse waste water from sewers, gutters, and storm drains before it is released into the environment. George W. Fuller designed and built the first system that used chlorine to disinfect a drinking water supply and significantly improved designs for waste water treatment. His work saved many lives by increasing access to clean water and reducing exposure to waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid fever.
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George W. Fuller also had training in chemistry and bacteriology. He was internationally considered an expert civil and sanitary engineer.
The first chlorination plant was built for Jersey City, New Jersey in 1908. Despite a near impossible deadline, George Fuller’s team completed the treatment plant in 99 days.
George W. Fuller also designed the first modern water filtration plant.
Water treatment plants use mechanical, chemical, and biological processes to clean water. Mechanical processes include sieves and sand filters to remove large debris and particulate matter. Chemical processes include disinfectants such as chlorine or ozone. Biological processes may include microbes that ‘eat’ biological waste.