Water Supplies in Rural Districts


    THE British Electrical Development Association, Inc., has recently issued a report on water supplies and sewage disposal in rural and small urban districts in Great Britain. The report is one which should be of use to many authorities who to-day are faced with the problem of improving water supplies. The extension of the electricity grid will naturally lead to the installation of electrical pumping plant in preference to steam and oil-driven plant on account of the possibility of automatic control. Many facts and figures as to cost and maintenance of plants and examples of installations are given, ranging from those suitable for a single house to those for large rural areas. In one district with a population of 17,000 spread over an area of 23,000 acres, a scheme was carried out for supplying 12 gall, per head, the charge for which was approximately two shillings in the pound on the net annual value of the premises. The amount of water used will, of course, depend largely on the sewage system, but it is generally accepted that 25 gall, per head is a safe figure in planning a rural scheme.

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    Water Supplies in Rural Districts. Nature 134, 56–57 (1934). https://doi.org/10.1038/134056d0

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