3rd September 2003

 

THE STORY OF LINCOLN’S DRINKING WATER

 

Most of us turn on a tap and take it for granted that clean drinking water will come out.

 

But many people in the Third World die every day for lack of clean water and sanitation, and we in Lincoln only enjoy clean drinking water thanks to 2,000 years of innovation by engineers.

 

How the inhabitants of Lincoln have procured water for drinking and washing since Roman times will be the subject of a talk at the University of Lincoln later this month.

 

Lincoln-born water engineer and author Trevor Pacey will give a free public lecture for the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA) at 7:30pm on Wednesday 24th September in the Conference Hall at the university’s Riseholme Park campus.

 

“As a boy at Westgate School in Lincoln I would stand looking up at the huge

water tower nearby,” says Trevor, who has always been passionate about water.

 

“On a school trip I was amazed by the water engines, and in later life I became a manager for Anglian Water, in charge of these very same engines.”

 

In his lecture Trevor will reveal how ordinary people have acquired drinking water over the past 2,000 years, from Roman times up to the modern day.

 

“Most of us take clean drinking water for granted,” said Phil Brown, BA East Midlands Regional Officer. “This talk is a celebration of water engineers’ contribution to public health, which is at least as important as hospitals and clean food.”

 

The talk will appeal to adults and secondary school children and teachers, who will be shown how history and technology work together to shape each other. They will be able to ask questions, and refreshments will be available.

 

To find out more please contact Trevor Pacey on Lincoln 878369 or Phil Brown on 024 7671 7275.

 

For more information on this press release contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)            email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk