London Drinking Water.
Prof. Frankland, in his report just issued, speaks unfavorably of the condition of water when taken for consumption in London during November, says The London Public Opinion. He says that on November 23 the Thames at Hampton was chemically in an even worse condition than on October 17, though bacterially it was considerably better. The water was very turbid and brown, but was in every case except one efficiently filtered before delivery. The unfiltered water, taken chiefly from the Lea by the NewRiver Company, was, on November 23, both chemically and bacterially in an unusually bad condition. Compared with the sample taken in the previous month, it contained more than twice as much organic matter, and more than four times as many microbes. It was also turbid and yellow, but before it was distributed it was efficiently filtered and improved. The deep well waters of the East London and Colne Valley Companies contained more organic matter than usual, but they were, organically, much better than any of the river-derived supplies.