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

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London County Council 1900

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]

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No.Name of town or district.Remarks.
1AccringtonThe whole of the sewage is treated in a permanent manner, and the results are satisfactory to the Rivers Board. An attempt is being made to reduce the cost of treatment by dispensing with pumping; the coal bill is a very heavy item.
3ActonThe experiment was successful, and the effluent which was delivered into the tideway of the river at Chiswick Ait, was approved of by the Thames Conservancy. Arrangements are being made for open septic tanks and continuous filters for dealing with the whole of the sewage.
4AylesburyThe result is considered satisfactory, and the installation is now permanent.
5BarnsleyThis is a temporary experiment, and the result is considered satisfactory. The tanks and coke-beds have not been sufficiently long in use to afford opportunity for judging proper results.
6BirminghamSewage is applied to 1,828 acres of farm land. Within the last two years pre cipitation tanks have been converted into septic tanks, and the septicised sewage has been applied to the land. The results obtained from the experimental bacteria-beds, other than the large beds above referred to, were perfectly sufficient to show that the sewage could be efficiently treated in bacteria-beds.
7BlackburnThe temporary beds have been thrown out of use, and 24 beds 120 feet long by 60 feet wide and 3½ feet deep are now in course of construction.
8Bloxwich district of WalsallThe population of the area drained is 2,200. A large sceptic tank is in course of construction. First-class results have been obtained up to the present.
9Bristol— At KnowleThe effluent discharges into a brook which passes through a village; an application for an injunction to stop the works was dismissed, as the judge was satisfied as to the purity of the effluent.
At St. John's-laneThe works are surrounded by dwelling-houses, one being less than 50 feet distant.