Dead horses, cats, dogs, manure in Toronto’s drinking water

A call to supply York, soon to be Toronto, with clean, safe water is issued by the Canadian Freeman, April 5, 1832.

York Bay. It is really astonishing how the magistrates can allow the horrible nuisance which now appears on the face of this Bay. All the filth of the town—dead horses, dogs, cats, manure, &c. heaped up together on the ice, to drop down, in a few days, into the water which is used by almost all the inhabitants on the Bay shore. If they have no regard for the health of their fellow-beings, are they nor afraid to poison the fish that supply their own tables?

We hope His Excellency will take cognizance of the state of the Bay from the Garrison down, and see the carrion-broth to which the worshipful magistracy are about to treat the inhabitants when they dissolve.

There is not a drop of good well-water about the Market square, and the people are obliged to use the Bay water however rotten.—Instead therefore of corrupting the present bad supply, we think the authorities ought rather adopt measures to supply the town from the pure fountain that springs from the Spadina and Davenport Hill, which could be done at a trifling expense. There is nothing more conducive to health than good water—nothing more destructive than bad—and what ought the authorities to watch over and protect before the health of the community.

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