The Water Question; Animadversions on the Reports, Evidence, and Documents Relative to the Supply of Water to the Metropolis

The Water Question; Animadversions on the Reports, Evidence, and Documents Relative to the Supply of Water to the Metropolis

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...elegant phraseology, denominates it an "imposition"--" a nefarious scheme"--" a combination bottomed on a disregard for the public welfare"--" an enormous grievance"--besides applying to it some other epithets equally appropriate and expressive. But though so ready in the application of hard names, he seems to be lamentably deficient in the talent for producing either strong reasons or well-attested facts to justify his dogmatical asseverations. He has not adduced one solitary instance of injury, which the public have sustained, from "the partitioning of the town" by the Water Compa Minutes of Evidence, July, 1828, p. 44. nies. And it may be observed, that when every Company had the power of laying down their pipes in the same streets and districts, the difficulty that each experienced in ascertaining their customers was the source of much confusion, not only as regarded the payments, but also the repairing of accidents to the pipes when they occurred. Hence it not unfrequently happened that some of the inhabitants were without a supply of water; and others, having received it, resisted the payment for it on the plea of doubt to which Company they were actually the debtors. It was therefore a benefit rather than a " grievance" to remove these doubts and inconveniences, and thus to ensure regularity and certainty of supply, as well as to ascertain the persons from whom the payment ought to be required. Though the Companies are bound to relay the pavement when they take it up, it has been proved, that with all their attention and care, where several may have pipes in the same street, they cannot restore it to a very sound state, and that consequently the repairs which frequently...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236886895
  • 9781236886897