Would You Drink from the River Thames?

A talk on how our local water supply has evolved

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Have you just drunk a refreshing glass of water or had a cup of tea?

Do you know how clean tap water manages to gush unpolluted and on demand out of your tap and supply over 10 million other private users and businesses in the capital?

The Chiswick Pier Trust has organised a talk entitled "The River Thames - Would You Drink It?" on Tuesday March 19th, at 7.30pm where you will discover the story of how our water supply has evolved and the history of the Pumping Station at Kew Bridge, declared in 1999 the UK’s most important historic site of the water supply industry.

John Porter, from the Kew Bridge Steam Museum, will talk about the early history of The Grand Junction Water Works Company and how they came to build the works in 1838. Then he’ll continue the story of its expansion, up to 1904 and the end of the private water companies.

Doors open at the Pier House at 7pm and the event will start at 7.30pm. Free to Chiswick Pier Trust Members, £3 to non-members. Chiswick Pier and Chiswick Pier House are at the end of Corney Road and Edensor Road, Chiswick, W4 2UG. Refreshments will be available.

The talk is part of a series organised by the Chiswick Pier Trust, a charity that puts people in touch with the River Thames.

For further details on events at the Pier and how to get there, contact Chiswick Pier Trust 020 8742 2713 or log on at www.chiswickpier.org.uk .

March 12, 2013