London water supply infrastructure

London Water Supply Infrastructure

London water supply infrastructure

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London's water supply infrastructure has developed over the centuries in line with the expansion of London and now represents a sizeable infrastructure investment. For much of London's history, private companies supplied fresh water to various parts of London from the River Thames and the River Lea. A crisis point was reached in the mid 19th century with outbreaks of cholera and general problems arising from extraction of water from the polluted Tideway, and major new facilities were built up river at Hampton and Molesey. After merger and nationalization into the Metropolitan Water Board, and later reprivatization, their modern descendent Thames Water still runs London's water supply infrastructure.

Early London water supply

Until the late 16th century, London citizens relied on the River Thames, its tributaries, or one of around a dozen natural springs for their water supplies. In 1247 work began on building the Great Conduit from the spring at Tyburn. This was a lead pipe which led via Charing Cross, Strand, Fleet Street and Ludgate to a large cistern or tank in Cheapside.Water-related Infrastructure in Medieval London, The city authorities appointed keepers of the conduits who controlled access so that users such as brewers, cooks and fishmongers would pay for the water they used. Wealthy...
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