This is a view from a bench opposite the water works. The float hit one
of the pipes here. The water works at Seething Wells were built in 1852
after an act forced Water companies to supply water to London from the
cleaner non-tidal Thames. The water works is closed now, but it used to
supply Chelsea and Lambeth. Today the river supplies most Londoners with
drinking water via the enormous Thames ring main which runs 40 metres
underground near here. I asked an engineer who worked on the project to
explain the new system.