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La qualité de l'eau à Paris, 1760-1820

Abstract : Scholars usually explain the spectacular increase in the number of water supply projects in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Paris by calling attention to Paris' water problems at the time. This article sets out to interrogate the evidence for such problems, especially those concerning water quality. It aims to show that these problems were largely constructed by those involved in the projects in order to justify their specific choices (be they technical, economical or social) or in order to compete in cut-throat and controversial situations. The paper will show how the preoccupation with water quality emerged in water supply projects in the 1760s and became a central concern. It will present the various methods used to assess water quality, and show that these approaches (scientific or not) were part of strategies for convincing a larger public for or against a given scheme.
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Frédéric Graber. La qualité de l'eau à Paris, 1760-1820. Entreprises et Histoire, Eska, 2008, 50 (1), pp.119-133. ⟨halshs-00645535⟩



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