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District. The matter is in charge of a Sub-Committee of the
District Committee.
Camelon. - The principal drainage is by a main sewer along the
public road, the highest point being about the centre of the village.
One section has its outfall to the west, into a ditch on the Larbert
road, from which again a pipe conveys it into the Carron, while
the other section goes eastward along the main sreet, and
terminates in the Camelon burn adjoining the drawbridge over
the Forth and Clyde Canal. A branch drain enters this main
drain at its highest point, from that part of Camelon known as
Lock 16. These drains are all connected with and are occasionally
flushed from the canal. A drain north of and parallel to the main
drain receives the sewage from Gordon Street and "The Feus."
This is now conveyed under the railway bridge into a burn which
enters the Carron. The contents of this drain are passed through
an ingeniously arranged settling tank, designed by Mr. Denholm.
The tank consists of an oblong box, about 23 feet long, 2 1/2 feet
broad, and 2 feet deep, and contains a series of zig-zag partitions
for obstruction and precipitation of the solids. Each partition is
provided with a short weir at one end to permit of outflow of the
liquid without disturbance of the deposit. The effluent passes
through a small filter - too small indeed - at the further end of
the tank. The tank is cleaned out weekly. Since erected by
Mr. Denholm it has been copied and adopted in Perthshire.
Redding. - Slop water, &c., is collected into surface channels
consisting of open fireclay inverts. These empty into a glazed
and jointed fireclay drain which goes along the railway to ground
adjoining West Quarter burn. It is here subjected to a rough
process of irrigation over a patch of meadowland before it enters
the burn, which ends in the Forth. Part of the sewage from
Blairlodge School goes into this drain, and the treatment by irri-
gation, as it is carried on at present, seems insufficient to purify
properly the effluent which enters the burn.
Parish of Airth. - The village of Airth has only surface channels
leading into open watercourses, one at either end of the village.
These enter the Forth. One of them was in a very foul condition
last summer. It is about to be repaired.
South Alloa drains into the Forth. The drain is filled from end
to end with Forth water at every flow of the tide. At the upper

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end it opens into a ditch, and into this also the tidal water passes
through the drain. This appears to be causing deposit in the
house drains which connect with the main drain.
Bothkennar Parish. - Skinflatts is well drained, the sewers being
of good structure and well ventilated, and flushed frequently.
The main sewer enters the Carron.
Longdyke is provided with well constructed surface channels of
whinstone, at a distance of 9 or 10 feet from the houses. The slop
water is conveyed by these into field ditches at each end of the row.
Kinnaird. - No proper drainage exists here. Some of the
channels are of wood and some of brick. A stagnant ditch a few
yards away receives the sewage. This is one of the ditches which
receive the Longdyke sewage.
Larbert Parish. - Larbert village is situated on the high ground
above the Carron, and the drainage finds its way by surface
channels into a square built stone drain which flows through a
private garden into the Carron, and takes the slop water from the
western part of the village. In the eastern part a covered pipe
conveys the sewage into the drain at the side of the railway, this
also emptying into the Carron.
Carron (partly in Falkirk parish). - The house drains (some being
open and some covered) enter the Carron Canal. West Carron
has almost no drainage. There are surface channels for the
houses, and scavengers clean these out, the material being used
on the gardens.
Carronshore (partly in Larbert Parish and partly in Bothkennar)
has a sewer down the side of the main street. It consists of an
18-inch jointed glazed pipe which enters a brick culvert connected
with the Carron. The sewer is not ventilated. It is at a higher
level than some of the adjoining houses, and so is not serviceable for
them. In the Bothkennar part of Carronshore there is no drainage.
Polmont Parish. - Polmont has only surface channels, connected
at the end of the village with the road drain which enters an
adjoining streamlet, a tributary of the Avon.
Shieldhill. - In Easter Shieldhill the drainage enters the surface
channels, which also receive the road water, and convey it to
Pirly Burn. The channels are at the side of the footpath, and are
badly constructed. In Wester Shieldhill the slop water roughly
irrigates an adjoining field.

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