HC Deb 10 March 1865 vol 177 cc1479-80

said, he would beg to ask the hon. Member for Bath, Whether, adverting to Mr. Ellis's Letter to the Chairman of the Metropolitan Board of Works (dated 18th February, 1862), a Copy of which will be found at page 415 of the Report on Sewage (Metropolis), and the seventh clause of Mr. Ellis's Tender for the Sewage, which will be found at page 423 of the same Report, as well as Mr. Ellis's examination before the Select Committee of last Session, and in particular his answer to question 2,100, which will he found at page 85 of the same Report, it does not appear that Mr. Ellis's plan does not contemplate pumping the sewage to Hampstead, Highgate, Shooter's Hill, or any other point to which the Metropolitan Board of Works objected?


said, in reply, that Mr. Ellis in his original proposal to the Metropolitan Board of Works, December 31, 1861, proposed to pump the sewage into covered reservoirs, which would be placed on Hampstead and Shooter's Hill, or such, other high lands as might be approved by the Metropolitan Board of Works. From these two commanding points he could irrigate on either side of the river a much greater area than would be required for the Metropolitan Sewage. These reservoirs at Hampstead and Highgate Mr. Ellis stated would perform another and a very essential service, in enabling the machinery, extending over an area of not less than 1,680 square miles, to be kept under the most perfect control from the point of supply. The true amount (not the rough estimate) would not exceed £3,500,000. The sewage was supposed to be lifted to Hampsted, 431 feet high, and to Shooter's Hill, 412 feet high. The distance from Barking outfall to Hampstead was about thirteen miles, and from Plumstead outfall to Shooter's Hill about four miles. It was not to be expected that the Metropolitan Board of Works would hastily adopt this offer, but the whole question would come before the Committee appointed last night.