TICKELL ROAD Borella C8
Richard Eustace Tickell was an engineer who started his career by working on the Stockton and Middlesborough Waterworks in 1897. Soon after he started work on a water supply project in Birmingham. His major project, though, was the Pen-Y-Garreg dam in the Elan Valley in Wales. 600ft long and 140ft high it was the highest dam in Europe at the time.
In 1902 he joined Colombo Municipal Council as Chief Resident Engineer and started work on the Rs. 2.6m Colombo Drainage Works, a scheme to channel drainage heading for the harbour into a sewer system terminating at the Kelani Ganga with a series of septic tanks. Before this there was no drainage system in Colombo and waste water carried in open drains was emptied straight into the harbour.
He calculated that the project would save 1,800 lives and more than 1,800,000 rupees (then worth ₤1.2m) a year. Here an excerpt from a paper he presented to the Engineering Association of Ceylon in 1923.