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River embankment construction. Engraving of a river embankment being built in the 19th century. River embankments help to contain a river and prevent flooding in the immediate area. Image of the Thames Embankment in London, UK, being built in 1866. This scheme replaced an ancient mud bank and allowed the installation of a sewerage system which discharged 19 kilometres away. The scheme was supervised by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, the chief civil engineer to London's Board of Works. Bazalgette (1819-1890) had previously designed the city's entire sewer system. This comprised 155 kilometres of sewers covering an area of 256 square kilometres.
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