London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

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City of Westminster 1948

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Westminster, City of]

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Premises visited 19
Visits made 130
Pigeons destroyed 208
Public Health (London )Act, 1936, Section 121.
Twelve complaints of nuisance caused by pigeons were received from
occupiers of business and residential premises. Action was taken by the
Rodent Officer resulting in the destruction of 208 pigeons, mostly aged
or infirm birds.
Atmospheric Pollution.
Complaints dealt with 48
Observations recorded 670
Notices served 1
Noise Nuisance.
Complaints dealt with 22
Water for drinking and commercial purposes is supplied throughout
the district by the Metropolitan Water Board, and has proved throughout
the year to be satisfactory in quality and quantity. Four complaints were
received in relation to drinking water, and in each case it was found that
the storage tanks had become dirty, and conditions were remedied by
the cleansing and protection of these tanks. It is estimated that some
100,900 persons resident in 22,536 houses received water direct from the
Metropolitan Water Board's mains. All dwelling houses, apart from those
blocks of flats supplied from deep wells, derive their piped supplies from
the Metropolitan Water Board. There are some 96 deep wells still actively
used and 27 reports were received on the supplies drawn from these sources.
In all but 3 of these 96, the water is used for domestic purposes, in those 3—
1 supply is used for cooling purposes ;
1 for supplying boilers ; and
1 is a stand by in case of fire.
Four reports in relation to one building showed unsatisfactory
conditions, but these were rectified by cleansing the storage and supply

Disinfection and Disinfestation (Vermin).

Rooms.Articles.Articles DestroyedArticles Washed.Vehicles.Books.
Laundry towels5,035