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  • 1864 London Sewers System was built by Joseph Bazalgette
  • 10% of people in Newcastle had piped water while Birmingham had 20%
  • the poor had to queue for water, get it from sandpipes or not at all
  • in Manchester 1871 the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Protection of Infant Life found that every child in a nursery had infestations due to lack of cleaning water
  • although it did slightly become better in 1875 in Edinburgh with 50% having piped water…


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