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1 September 1990 - Illustrated London News - London, London, England
 
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1 September 1990 - Illustrated London News - London, London, England
 
LONDON'S

LONDON'S

Londoners are accustomed to the idea that their water may have been recycled through eight kidneys before it comes out of the tap, but there are good reasons for supposing that the hazards of drinking it are becoming greater than ever. Lyn Owen reports. The condition of London’s
1 September 1990 - Illustrated London News - London, London, England
 
ATER TO DRINK? lan Mugglestone ofßcrridge Laboratories, Chelmsford, litis been conducting tests on London drinking water on behalfof2s London boroughs

ATER TO DRINK? lan Mugglestone ofßcrridge Laboratories, Chelmsford, litis been conducting tests on London drinking water on behalfof2s London boroughs

for more than 15 months. Samples tire currently being made at a rate of6o a month Where the samplings of Mr Mugglestone and Thames agree alarmingly is in the quantity of weedkiller in London water. Two-thirds of London tap water would be in breach of the law in this respect, if
1 September 1990 - Illustrated London News - London, London, England
 
indicating the presence of laecal matter, but few others contained faecal streptococci. The amount is within the somewhat generous allowance

indicating the presence of laecal matter, but few others contained faecal streptococci. The amount is within the somewhat generous allowance

of 5 percent bacterial contamination which, however, is only legal long as it does not include pathogens. Three other distressing substances appeared in three isolated instances. One sample contained 48 times the permitted level of the poison phenol. There no certainty that the
1 September 1990 - Illustrated London News - London, London, England
 
largely being modified in London now that THMsare suspected of contributing to bladder, colon and rectal cancers. Only tiny percentage

largely being modified in London now that THMsare suspected of contributing to bladder, colon and rectal cancers. Only tiny percentage

of samples show nitrite, but unlike other contaminants, nitrites are increasing. Warm weather, or more condensed effluent, produce more bacteria. This demands more disinfectant
1 September 1990 - Illustrated London News - London, London, England
 
ammonia.

ammonia.

Bacteria and other germs uncontrolled by disinfectant would be an infinitely greater risk to infant and indeed adult life than nitrite pollution. The ammonia risk is relatively small and has to be run until London’s new mains are completed, sewage and filtration systems overhaul
1 September 1990 - Illustrated London News - London, London, England
 
found. Now, Drjohnston believes it is slowly reverting to its old murk. Oxygen has to be bubbled in by Thames

found. Now, Drjohnston believes it is slowly reverting to its old murk. Oxygen has to be bubbled in by Thames

Water to keep the fish alive at “times of oxygen sag following heavy sewage pollution". In the lower reaches the flounder flatfish are developing lesions and fin rot, and most species, says Johnston, are “rather falling off the bone”. But even the willowy upper reaches (no water
1 September 1990 - Illustrated London News - London, London, England
 
lations at Aldcrmaston and Harwell, past the Didcot power station, which can raise the temperature of the river by 2°C,

lations at Aldcrmaston and Harwell, past the Didcot power station, which can raise the temperature of the river by 2°C,

through rich agricultural country where farm slurry, silage, nitrates and phosphates are swept into the river in substantial quantities. At times it also passes close to landfills of unknown toxic waste. One of these was recently shown to be contaminating, with lethal carbon tet
1 September 1990 - Illustrated London News - London, London, England
 
HAT LONDONERS MAY FIND IN THEIR DRINKING WATER

HAT LONDONERS MAY FIND IN THEIR DRINKING WATER

Weedkiller Leaching from catchments Can cause 60 into raw water, from railways, tumours in rats. 34 highways, parks. Phenols have polluted ground In large waters: in Thames believed quantities unique to one building, causes eye/ perhaps due to polished tap nose irritation, nause
1 September 1990 - Illustrated London News - London, London, England