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Water: Access, Supply, and Sustainability: History of Science Collection

Supplement to the 3-part virtual forum, Oct. 27-29, 2020

Properties and History

Infrastructure and Engineering

Sir Joseph Bazalgette

Sir Joseph Bazalgette (1819-1891) was the chief engineer of London's Metropolitan Board of Works, and responsible for the construction of a new sewer system. This included pumping stations, outfall sewers, embankments and eventually, treatment facilities.

The system was opened by the Prince of Wales (Edward VII) in 1865, but not completed until 1875.

(photo: National Portrait Gallery, London)