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West Ham 1946

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for West Ham]

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Samples are taken at the premises of manufacturers, also
at retail shops, for the purpose of testing warranties which the
Act imposes upon sellers to give to purchasers. The warranty
lakes the form of a statement by the manufacturer of the composition
of his product as determined by his own analysis. In
the event of the Council's analysis being at variance with that
of the manufacturer (beyond the limits allowable by law), an
immediate investigation is carried out with a view to tracing the
cause, and appropriate action is taken.
SANITARY CIRCUMSTANCES
WATER SUPPLY. There has been no change in the water
supply to the Borough: the Metropolitan Water Board still maintain
a satisfactory supply.

Nosamples were taken from dwelling houses during the year, but 46 samples of water from other sources were submitted for examination. Of these, 43 were examined bacteriologically and3were tested chemically, and details are set out below: —

Source of SamplingNumber of samples
BacteriologicalChemical
Council's Wells82
Taps of ward kitchens and other points at institutions321
Squatters' Camp:
Stand-pipe1
Taps in huts23-
Totals433
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On sample taken from a ward kitchen tap was reported as
being clear and bright in appearance but containing excessive
bacteria. An immediate investigation was carried out, and
further samples taken from this source proved satisfactory.
With this exception, all samples were found to be
satisfactory and were reported upon as being consistent with a
pure and wholesome water suitable for drinking and domestic
purposes.
WORK OF THE DISTRICT SANITARY INSPECTORS.
HOUSE-TO-HOUSE INSPECTION. During the latter
part of the year, house-to-house inspections were made in the
Silvertown and Canning Town Wards which resulted in the
service of a considerable number of Notices. Although it was
necessary to issue summonses in two cases, the results regarding
defects remedied were satisfactory. The necessary
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