L'entrepreneur et le prince
La création du service public de l'eau
The Prince and the Entrepreneur
The creation of public water utilities
Two hundred years ago, we used about one bucket of water a day, drawn from the nearest well, fountain or river. Today, a typical household consumes some 140 litres of water a day.
Although it is now taken for granted, household water delivery only became widespread during the 19th century. Private companies spearheaded efforts, creating and managing the first supply networks in a number of European and American cities. But as this utility became a universal basic service, the prince began to edge out the entrepreneur.
Drawing on hitherto overlooked sources, Christophe Defeuilley presents three urban histories, in London, New York, and Paris. He describes the major events that punctuated the creation of public water utilities, as well as a number of technical feats, colourful characters and farcical episodes involved.
An in-depth look into the history, both great and small, of the world's three largest cities in 1900.