On Tap - A History Of Drinking Water

Mark Jenner explores the historical significance of water.

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01Paying The Piper1999021819990712

Mark Jenner explores the historical significance of water.

The introduction of piped water revolutionised the lives of women who spent hours every day collecting water.

But it also brought about the first water company monopolies and a change in attitude towards this staple of life.

02The Great Stink1999022519990719

The filthy condition of the Thames and outbreaks of cholera brought about great sanitary reforms in the 19th century.

Profit-making water companies were eventually brought into public ownership.

03 LASTDrops To Drink1999030419990726

The Victorians created a system which provided every citizen with good-quality drinking water, but their legacy may create problems well into the water-conscious next millennium.