Excerpt from The Lancet, Vol. 1 of 2: A Journal of British and Foreign Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, Physiology, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Public Health, and News; For 1898
Tm: Town Council of Torquay have decided to purchase the catchment area of their waterosupply. This course has long been recommended by their medical cmcer of health, Ir. Karlreek. It was necessary to obtain an Act of Parlia ment to enable the corporation to buy the land, and the Act was obtained during the past year. The water sub-com mittee cf the Torquay corp oration decided in October last to advise the council to avail themselves of the new Act and forthwith to acquire the whole of the land with the primary object of removing all human habitaticns from the water shed and of effecting such other alterations for safe guarding the water as might be found necessary. There was some local Opposition to carrying out the purchase scheme and it was urged that the corporation should first obtain expert advice with regard to the filtration of the water. By a large majority the council have decided that the purchase of the land shall be completed without further delay. We heartily congratulate the corporation of Torquay on the wisdom of the course they have adopted.
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