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Many rural and urban American homes still did not have running water at the turn of the 20th century. Rural families without indoor plumbing obtained their water from rain barrels and windmill-pumped underground wells, while city dwellers got water from water-hauling tank wagons, street hydrants, and public water mains. The lack of running water in the home meant that chamber pots and outhouses were the primary collectors of human waste.

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