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Joseph Bazalgette

Joseph Bazalgette not only helped resolved the ‘great stink’ in London during the nineteenth century as the as chief engineer of London's Metropolitan Board of Works, but in the process of overseeing the engineering of the of the new London sewerage system, he helped implement a system that is still in use today.

Joseph is on our list because of his foresight in defining the diameter of the sewers. When planning the network he took the densest population, gave every person the most generous allowance of sewage production and came up with a diameter of pipe needed. He then said 'Well, we're only going to do this once and there's always the unforeseen' and doubled the diameter to be used. His foresight allowed for the unforeseen increase in population density with the introduction of the tower block; with the original, smaller pipe diameter the sewer would have overflowed in the 1960s, rather than coping until the present day as it has.

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