This film illustrates the health and sanitary pressures created for a rural area of New York State when the federal government establishes a large ordnance depot in Seneca County and issues a call for thousands of construction and other workers. Because the county and local towns are ill-equipped to handle the influx, the state steps in to test wells, cleaning up or capping them as necessary; close filthy privies and build new ones; truck clean water to the area; send nurses to workers' homes (which include tents, cars, and old school buses); and eventually establish a modern trailer camp with trailers provided by the Farm Security Administration. The trailers are heated and have small kitchens, and central facilities are provided for showering and laundry. A child-care cooperative is set up as well.
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Received: Feb. 3, 1955 as a donation from the New York State Health Department.