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Edward Charles Rodda

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Edward Charles Rodda (1873-1932)

1932 Obituary [1]

EDWARD CHARLES RODDA had been waterworks engineer for the Corporation of Southampton since 1911. He was responsible for the construction of the new pumping station at Otterbourne, and more recently had drawn up the scheme for the future supply of water from the River Itchen to the extent of 10 million gallons per day, for which he was successful in obtaining parliamentary powers for the Corporation of Southampton. His death on 23rd May 1932 prevented the work being carried out under his own supervision.

Mr. Rodda was born at Cardiff in 1873 and received his technical education at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire. After serving a four years' apprenticeship as assistant to Mr. J. A. B. Williams, waterworks engineer of Cardiff Corporation, he was successively resident engineer on waterworks extensions for the Chelsea Waterworks Company at West Mosley, in charge of the construction of an impounding reservoir at Londonderry, and on the construction of deep-well pumping plant at Sunderland.

He was then appointed in 1905 assistant engineer on the construction of Leighton Reservoir and other works for the City of Leeds, and three years later was engaged in a similar capacity on the construction of sewage disposal works at Sheffield, which occupied him until his appointment at Southampton in 1911.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1929, and he was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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