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Observer II

Time for an infrastructure upgrade ?

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With flash floods and breaking dams, is it time for modernising our Victorian infrastructure ?    In some cases, York's sewerage system, Roman built infrastructure !    Seeing all that uncontrolled water just made me think, what a waste of potential energy - why not build new dams and stick a turbine in them ?

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Actually Sid, the Roman sewerage system is probably in better condition than elsewhere,  which doesn't say much for modern engineering or says a lot about Roman engineering.  

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That dam at Whalley Bridge is older than Victorian. It opened the year before Victoria acceded to the throne! It's actually earth covered with concrete slabs and, over the years, water coming over the top has leaked through the gaps between the slabs and washed away the earth beneath them until the inevitable happened.

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