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Charles James Haines

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Charles James Haines (1859-1935)

1935 Obituary [1]

CHARLES JAMES HAINES was for many years engaged on work in connexion with water-softening plant, and was the inventor of a mechanical plate filter and of the system of water softening and purifying waste liquors associated with his name. He also invented a plant for manufacturing lime from waste products.

He was born in 1859 and served an apprenticeship from 1874 to 1881 in Messrs. J. Simpson and Company's Pimlico works. He then superintended the installation of new waterworks plant at Dover, Hythe, Tilbury Docks, Ditton, and Southampton. He remained with the firm until 1886, when he became resident engineer at the Southampton waterworks and water-softening works, which were situated at Otterbourn, Hants. In 1901 he was appointed manager of the waterworks.

For several years he acted as honorary auditor of the Benevolent Fund of the Institution.

Mr. Haines was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1895 and was transferred to Membership in 1901.

His death occurred at Wimbledon on 5th October 1934.

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