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Kingston upon Thames 1921

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Kingston-upon-Thames]

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Three hundred and seventy-two rooms have been disinfected
in 326 houses during. 1921, as compared with 296
rooms in 253 houses during 1920.
The Council possess a "Velox" high-pressure steam
disinfecting apparatus, which is contained in a convenient
building adjacent to the Electricity Works. Steam for use
in connection with the apparatus is obtained from the Electricity
Works, and is available at all times. The erection of
the premises and machine was completed in May, 1921, and
since the end of June no less than 2,329 articles have been
passed through the apparatus.
In addition, all infected rooms and furniture, etc., are
sprayed and fumigated with formalin.
Thirty houses were re-drained during the year. In
order to ascertain correctly the condition of drains in 16
cases it was necessary for the Corporation to avail themselves
of the powers conferred upon them by Section 41 of
the Public Health Act, 1875, to authorise your Sanitary Inspector
to enter the premises, open up the ground and examine
the drains, etc. In other cases, however, the owners
had the necessary excavations carried out themselves, and
have afforded all reasonable facilities to your Sanitary Inspector
to apply tests to the drains.

The following premises were re-drained during the year:—

Caversham Road3 houses.
Cambridge Road1 house.
Fife Road4 houses.
Mill Street2 houses.
London Road1 house.
St. Albans Road1 house.
Clarence Street4 houses.
Beaufort Road1 house.
Knights Park3 houses.
Shortlands Road1 house.
Lower Ham Road1 house.
Fairfield West1 house.
Canbury Place2 houses.
Springfield Road3 houses.
Park Road1 house.
Surhiton Road1 house.
Total30 houses.