On tap and taken for granted but essential to our way of life and to life itself, Britain's water supply today is constant and sace. But how does it arrive at our homes, where does it come from, how does it get from there to our taps, and how is it cleaned to a potable standard? This book answers these questions. It explains how the expansion of towns and cities from Jacobean times necessitated the brining of water long distances to ensure a supply of pure and unpolluted water and it describes the massive engineering schemes that were required to ahieve this, culminating in the construction of large dams and reservoirs that flooded valleys and submerged villages. This book also includes a lit of places to visit throughout the United Kingdom where water supply and its history can be better understood. These include pumping stations with historical machinery, as well as museums with exhibitions that deal with water supply. There is a list of reservoirs that the public can visit.

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Peter Naylor has a keen interest in water and its behaviour and is an anuthority of the New River, described in this book. He is a double graduate and an incorporated engineer. Though now retired, he is often engaged as a consulting engineer to local authorities. Peter Naylor has written sixteen books; this is the third for Shire, the others being 'iscovering Dowsing and Divining' and 'Discovering Lost Mines'.

Introduction; Water for London; The development of reservoirs; Mechanised pumping; Cleansing the supplies; The organisation of the industry; Water supply companies and authorities; Reservoirs to visit; Museums and other places of interest; Further reading

General Fields

  • : 9780747806080
  • : shire
  • : shire
  • : February 2005
  • : 210mm X 150mm X 3mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 56
  • : colour and b&w illustrations
  • : P
  • : 1
  • : 363.610941