London’s water from the Great Stink to the Tideway Tunnel

I have now served for six months in my new appointment in the water sector as Chair of the Customer Challenge Group at South East Water. This is a new sector for me and a really complicated one, so I’ve been attending lots of briefings and meetings and doing lots of reading and research. This week, I chaired the third meeting of the Customer Challenge Group and I attended a lecture at the Institution of Engineering & Technology delivered by the Technical Director of British Water.

The lecture started with a brief history of the development of the water sector in this country and mentioned the Great Stink of 1858. In the discussion which followed, reference was made to the Tideway Tunnel which is to be built by Thames Water which provides my own sewage service. There is a six-minute film which links the Great Stink with the Tideway Tunnel and you can view it here.


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