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London County Council 1900

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

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Table 3.Particulars as to the Capacity of the Bacteria

Beds and as to the loss of Capacity during working.

No.Name of town or district.Name or number of bed.Capacity, when empty, of the tank containing the bed.Original water capacity of the bed in the tank.Water capacity of the bed after use.Number of hours occupied in draining the bed.Number of days during which the bed had been resting previous to the measurement being made.Loss of capacity.Length of time during which the bed was in use.Number of fillings during the time.
Date.Gallons.Percentage of the empty tank.Date.Gallons.Percentage of the empty tank.
Gallons.Percentage of original water capacity of the bed.
12BuryA slight decrease in capacity has been noticed; probably due to overwork.
14Carlisle4135,000 %Sept., 190054,31940Sept,190144,64233...79,67717
15CroydonThroughout the year the beds are in use for three weeks continuously, and then rest for one week.
16DarwenThe capacity of our bacteria beds was reduced by 1/3rd.