London today is one of the world’s leading metropolitan cities, with 8+ million inhabitants, countless multinational companies, as well as being the official residence of the Royal family.
However, the city hasn’t always been the slick, efficient operation. In 1858, Parliament considered a move to Oxford because of something known as ‘The Great Stink’. Thanks to the lack of a proper sewerage system and the overcrowding that had beset the city, the smell of waste had reached unbearable levels for its residents.
Sir Joseph Balzagette’s ingenuity solved this issue, coming up with the blueprints for the first iteration of a combined rainwater/sewer system we have now used for over a century.