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Thames Water Authority


Records of Thames Water Authority: the River Users' Codes 1974-1990, Acts and byelaws 1974-1990, 'The Be Water Wise Book' late 20th century.



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Administrative /‚Äč Biographical history

The Thames Water Authority took over the management of the River Thames above Teddington in April 1974. Much of their revenue depended upon pleasure cruising and selling water to London companies as commercial traffic was minimal. The Water Authority had many responsibilities for maintaining and managing the Thames, including investigating solutions to flooding problems. The National Rivers Authority superseded the Thames Water Authority in 1990. For further information on the River Thames see Edward Paget-Tomlinson's 'The Illustrated History of Canals & River Navigations' and Charles Hadfield's 'The Canals of South & South East England'.

System of arrangement

It has not been possible to ascertain any original structure of record-keeping from the small number of records held for this company. The fonds has therefore been arranged in chronological order.

Associated material

[See also: BW43 and BW44 for records of the River Thames during other periods of ownership]