Victorian London - Health and Hygiene - Sewers and Sanitation - Cisterns and Water Storage

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Cisterns.—The water supplied to London householders is so bad in itself, even when it is first turned on, that it is a pity to run any risk of having it made even worse than it is. All cisterns should be thoroughly cleaned out about once a month, and the careful housekeeper will not only order the job to be done, but will himself see that his orders are executed. The family medical man and the family chemist would make smaller incomes than they do now, if all cisterns were regularly seen to.(See ANALYSTS.)

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879

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