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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - December 23, 1973, High Point, North Carolina Viruses withstand water purification processes by Rosemary Yardley unc a news Bureau Greensboro or. Robert Cannon is a microbiologist on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who is concerned about the viruses that abound in the state s streams and possibility in its drinking water. He is not an alarmist and quickly emphasizes that a a Greensboro a water is As Safe As any other nevertheless the assistant professor explained that viruses Are plentiful and often survive water purification unlike most bacteria which Are filtered out. A viruses Are usually More resistant to the purification process than or. Cannon said adding that in isolated cases viruses causing polio and hepatitis have been found in some water which has been treated. These findings did not occur in North Carolina. He explained. And while these particular viruses were not found in a drinking water As such they were found in water which had undergone chemical treatment he noted. A most people Arentt getting diseases like polio because most people Are immunized against them a or. Cannon said. Forever the human body frequently builds up its own immunity to some diseases even without inoculations. While or. Cannons primary in residential housing unc studying new ways to alter desegregation by Mitchell Simon unc news Bureau Chapel Hill the arts traditional stepchild of government Are receiving attention in the form of funding for the National endowment for the arts Nea. In the near a division devoted to architecture and the environmental arts several programs Are taking in everything from the Quality of Federal architecture and design to the Quality of the City in terms that Range from sociopolitical to historical aesthetic. Nea concerned with Large ideas critical to the problems of cities has awarded 37 Grants totalling Over a million to municipalities planning and environmental groups for a City edges projects including the Center for Urban and regional studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A devices to Aid housing the research project at unc is investigating those City edges that involve social interaction and neighbourhood Security in Low and Middle income housing projects a a study with National implications. The unc Chapel Hill investigators Are Sidney Cohn and f. Stuart Chapin of the City and regional planning department faculty and John c. Cassel and Berton h. Kaplan of the epidemiology department. A Quot City Edge a can be As obvious As a riverfront or As elusive As a line drawn on a zoning map. An official of the Nea explained. The Range of identifiable edges includes waterfronts highways and railroads inner City borderline areas Palisades and historic landmark districts. The main objective of the City edges program is to focus attention on the Many neglected or misunderstood dividing lines a both real and psychological a Between Urban areas or activities City edges have Long been used As a a physical and symbolic mechanisms to maintain socioeconomic segregation and alleviate the fears of dominant social groups a according to Cohn. The Wall of the medieval City and the ghetto therein the Railroad track and the Wall surrounding the turn of the Century exclusive residential area were examples of such devices. A while these motives Are counter to our present National goals the current National policy of housing desegregation creates similar social problems perhaps More critical than Ever before a Cohn said. Quot it is our Contention that City edges can be a powerful device to Aid initiating psycho social trauma involved in this transition and in the successful implementation of these new the Railroad Yards despoiled edges of a River or other Waterways the meeting of deteriorating inner City and better residential neighbourhoods the commercial strip leading from City suburbs that can blight or cd blessings of the Christmas season. With our sincere gratitude to All. Reliable cleaners 12�3 Mon lieu ave. Phone 888-7229 112 23 3 a artemide Burlington a Burlington industries chemical div. A Burlington Domestic Jamestown bist. Center High Point Jamestown plants of a Klopman Mills Hillcrest Plant a National upholstery a Globe furniture concern is with viruses he pointed out that some strains of bacteria withstand purification treatment too. He mentioned that a fellow biologist in a Northern City had measured bacteria in a water main near the City a purification system and compared it with water taken from a main Many Miles away at the end of the City a line. He found that the distance the bacteria had travelled from the purification Plant had strengthened their chlorine resistance and that they were thriving in abundant numbers. Or. Cannon said it would take millions of dollars to make Greensboro and other cities water supplies and very few cities in the country he added had made the Effort. Nevertheless his concern with the proliferation of viruses in water supplies has led him to apply for a financial Grant to study the problem in greater detail. He Hopes to prove that viruses would be a More effective indicator for measuring water pollution than bacteria which is the common Standard. Or. Cannon who received his pm d from the University of Delaware came to unc a in August of 1972. Since coming to unc a he also has been studying another relationship Between viruses and water pollution. He is examining the interaction Between viruses and Blue Green algae the tiny aquatic plants that grow in the states Rivers and creeks and particularly in Greensboro Buffalo Creek. The Blooming Blue Green algae he said is the culprit that consumes such Large quantities of oxygen in streams that it deprives fish and other aquatic organisms of their life giving share. This imbalance frequently results in massive fish kills and the rapid aging of streams. Or. Cannon believes that certain viruses which attack and often kill these harmful algae could possibly be used As a Means of control. A theoretically we could dump viruses into a Stream and could kill off the Blue Green algae a he said. Quot conceivably in the future we can test the idea that the viruses really control the Blooming Blue greens and see if there is a Way of putting them to use in the environment. A but this could cause problems so we done to do it until we know for sure what might happen a he warned. Meanwhile his research goes on in a Laboratory crowded with bottles filled with Blue Green algae. Deform a City a these Are some of the scars that various City edges projects will tackle across the nation with funding from Nea. The size of the Low income residential project is a critical Factor. The unc team believes the smaller the project the greater is the potential for positive social interaction Between the diverse groups and the less will be the fears of the original residents of the area. The City edges criteria developed at Chapel Hill will be of importance to architects Urban designers and planners in the design and location of Low income housing. They will be of value to the decision making units such As housing and Urban development state and local housing authorities and nonprofit housing development corporations. 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