A respected hydraulic engineer, William Henry Wheeler (1832-1915)
established himself as an authority in the fields of low-lying land
reclamation and drainage, embanking, and the improvement of tidal
rivers and harbours. Based on articles written for The Engineer in
1887, he published this more substantial work in 1888 to provide a
practical point of reference for those working on existing drainage
systems or designing and implementing new schemes. Drawing on
first-hand knowledge of the low-lying fens of England and the
polders of Holland, Wheeler describes the processes of drainage by
gravitation and steam power. The book also includes chapters on
lifting and draining water using the scoop wheel, the Archimedean
screw pump and the centrifugal pump. Providing also a wealth of
operational facts relating to pumping stations in England and
abroad, this remains a rich source of information for those
interested in the history of civil engineering.
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