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A History of Water in Modern England and Wales

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ISBN13: 9780719043086
ISBN: 0719043085
Published: June 2000
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Water has been a relatively neglected area of historical investigation. This study examines the changing way in which water has been used in England and Wales since the industrial revolution, through the Victorian period and up to the 1990s.

The author stresses the environmental and political issues as well as the social: the development of water supply and sewage treatment industries, questions of river conservation, environmental protection and misuse, the impact of evolving patterns of water consumption in the home and in the economy, struggles among interest groups to gain priveleged access to water, and interrelationships between the water sectors, lobbies and the state.

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Part I Introduction: aims; the uses of water. Part II The Victorian and Edwardian periods: the consumption, provision and disposal of water; river pollution and management; the scramble for sources and the solidification of interests; environmental impacts and scientific industry. Part III The interwar and postwar years - the paralysis of interests: water at the crossroads; satisfying water requirements - water demand and supply; water quality and river management; a failure of public policy. Part IV A period of optimism 1951-1973 - the search for integrated management: introduction; needs and resources; river management; the imperative of reform - the build up to the 1973 act. Part V The regional water authorities 1973-1989 - the irresponsibility of government: the economic and institutional framework; the work of the regional water authorities; water quality and physical dereliction; the impact and responsibility of government. Part VI Since 1989- the privatized water industry: the background to privatization; the water act of 1989.