DRICKSVATTENFÖRSÖRJNING I GLASGOW, LONDON OCH ÖVRIGA STORBRITANNIEN 1800–1850 – EN ÖVERSIKT / Drinking water supply in Glasgow, London and other parts of Great Britain 1800–1850 – a review
The development of drinking water supply in the early industrial cities in Great Britain is reviewed. The special feature of slow sand filtration, that was developed in Glasgow in the very beginning of the 19th century and diffused to the rest of Great Britain during the first half of the 19th century is described in some detail. The importance of the work of Thomas Telford in Glasgow and James Simpson in London for the acceptance of slow
sand filtration is presented, as is the poor microbial safety of drinking water extracted directly from the recipient of sludge and filth from the inhabitants of the industrialised cities. Slow sand filtration was the first small step towards a safer drinking water supply.