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Chelsea 1960

Annual report of the Medical Officer of Health for the year 1960

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The provision of water for both commercial and domestic users
is made by the Metropolitan Water Board. During the year one
complaint regarding the unsatisfactory condition of the water supply
was received. This complaint was referred to the Board who took
samples of water from the tap, results of which showed that the water
was of satisfactory hygienic quality and fit for human consumption.
As a result of investigation by the Council's Public Health
Inspectors the following provisions were made:-
Supplies to tenements 2
Burst pipes repaired 6
Cisterns cleansed, covered or repaired 1
These facilities are available at premises situate in Chelsea
Manor Street, adjacent to the Town Hall.
They consist of two swimming pools - one 100' x 30' holding
100,000 gallons of water, and the other 97' x 27' holding 90,000
gallons of water, and personal baths. The supply of water is
obtained from a deep well situated beneath the baths and is treated
by chlorination and continuous filtration. During the day the water
is changed every 4 hours.
Thirty-one samples of water were taken from baths, pools and
sources of supply, for bacteriological examination. Of this total,
one sample was adversely reported upon because of its high plate
count. From investigation it appears that this was due to the
cleaning of the filters. A further sample was taken and this was
found to be satisfactory.

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