HC Deb 07 July 1884 vol 290 c227

asked the Chairman of the Metropolitan Board of Works, Whether his attention has been directed to the present state of the Thames in the vicinity of East Greenwich, which is described as closely resembling an open sewer and dangerous to public health; and, whether any steps are being taken to deal with this state of things; and, if so, of what nature?


In reply to the hon. Member, I beg to inform him that the usual instructions were given some time back for the use of deodorising agents at the outfalls when necessary; and attention having been recently called to the fact that, owing to the long continuance of dry weather and consequent reduction to a minimum in the flow of upland water, the smell of sewage has become perceptible in the Thames in the neighbourhood of the outfalls, special instructions have been given, and the Board's engineer has full authority to take all necessary steps.