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Title:WATER PURIFICATION IN NORMANDY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 77-9
Summary: 92nd Army Troops Company RE operates a waterpoint at Creully.
Description: Two Patterson water trailer purification sets ("Stellars") capable of processing 120,000 gallons daily are seen pumping water from the River Seulles. On one of the "Stellars", the valve allowing ammonia and chlorine to be pumped into the river water is opened; and the auxiliary engine pumping the chemicals into the water is seen in operation. A pipe section is connected to a pipe junction leading from the "Stellars" to the waterpoint, where water trucks and trailers are filled up from a Braithwait 1,600 gallon tank and four self-supporting 1,200 gallon canvas tanks. Captured German galvanised piping is stockpiled for use at the site. Troops fill jerrycan five-gallon contains from water taps. A sapper tests the purity of a cup of processed water by adding drops of sodium thiosulphate which will make it turn blue if it is OK. Nearby, an artesian well has its water purified by a "Stellar". Among the notices at the waterpoint is one announcing the previous day's output, 74,810 gallons. Among the vehicles seen collecting water for their units are Bedford MWC and Chevrolet(?) 200-gallon trucks and a 2nd TAF (Tactical Air Force) Bedford OYC 350-gallon lorry.
Notes: See the cameraman's dope sheet for further details. See with A70 80-4, and 122-4 and 5 for footage showing water purification work in Normandy. Refer also to footage showing military traffic heading through Creully, notable A70 71-6 and 7.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above.