The Production Of Waste ( Tarr 15 )

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Throughout the mid-19th century, many cities across America were becoming industrialized and growing in size. As a city develops and grows, the city uses resources such as food, raw products, and energy. All these resources are consumed by a city. The outcome of all this consumption is the production of waste (Tarr 15). In the mid-19th century, a massive migration of Americans and wave of migrants from different countries in Europe and other parts of the world begin to settle in urban settings across America. Many were seeking better job opportunities and better lives in American cities. As a result, industrial cities grew dramatically and became heavily congested. As cities grew and began to emerge, many more resources were consumed…show more content…
The working-class districts had poor water supplies than did the affluent neighborhoods. The working-class relied on using the nearby local springs, wells, and rivers that were polluted. Tarr argued that the pollution of the rivers in Pittsburg was caused from both domestic and industrial sources, which has badly affected the condition of water being extracted from rivers, wells, which is used heavily for both consuming water and for industrial usages (Tarr 16). As factories were built near riverbanks, many industries would pollute the nearby water resources as oils, chemicals, and waste contaminated vital drinking water. However, this pollution of water was also the result of so many people living in a congested city. As more people living in a city and consume the vital resource of water, more waste is produced and resulted in heavy water pollution. In the 19th century, many other cities also met this similar problem as Pittsburgh. The pollution of water became a major issue affecting cities and affecting its working class communities. Not only was access to clean water was a problem across industrial cities in the mid-19th century, so was the issue of wastewater. There was a concern with wastewater and how it needed to be disposed of. Joel Tarr argued that the lack of treatment of wastewater in Pittsburgh households and industries, as well as stormwater, became a nuisance. Household wastes and wastewater were usually placed in cesspools and privy vaults and
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