Curatorial Records: Numbered Correspondence 99
August 11, 1894
Dr. Wm. C. Woodward,
Health Officer, District of Columbia,
I beg to report that a careful bacteriological examination has been made in the Laboratory of this Museum of a sample of water received on Monday, August 6th, from the well corner of Sixth and O Streets, N.W.
All plates made from this water contain numerous colonies of faecal bacteria. Two of the organisms have been carefully worked out, and one is identified as the Bacillus Coli Communis, -- the other as Lactia Aerogenes.
As the result of the bacteriological examination I am of the opinion that this water is of bad quality.
It is probable that a further report will be submitted concerning this water during the coming week.
Major and Surgeon, U. S. Army,
Curator Army Medical Museum.