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For the purposes of this or the special Act, if the commissioners deem it necessary to raise, sink, or otherwise alter the situation of any water pipe or gas pipe, or other waterworks or gasworks laid in any of the streets, they may from time to time, by notice in writing, require the person to whom any such pipes or works belong to cause forthwith, as soon as conveniently may be, any such pipes or works to be raised, sunk, or otherwise altered in position, in such manner as the commissioners direct; provided that such alteration be not such as permanently to injure such works, or to prevent the water or gas from flowing as freely and conveniently as before; and the expences attending such raising, sinking, or altering, and full compensation for every damage done thereby, shall be paid by the commissioners, as well to the persons to whom such pipes or works belong as to all other persons.
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