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The reality of Bazalgette’s Victorian Sewers – Confined Space Work

Ever thought that Confined Space work was cool?

Well you were correct, of course it is. Confined Space work involves a wide range of situations; from searching for tunnels in prisons to cleaning the tanks of ferries; from the egg shaped, brick Victorian sewers to modern Super Sewers.

It involves 3-5 people on a single job: someone at the top of the drain, tank, or hole; at least one person down in the space and a third rescue person, as a backup for the person at the top. The jobs are often more complex and require more people in the spaces.

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Sometimes the sewers don’t run smooth and some of Bazalgette’s sewer’s have had to be repaired with much less aesthetically pleasing pipework. We’ve been down surveying the one’s which has required this.

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The Victorian structure will not have to take the full weight of London for much longer. The Tideway Super Sewer system will soon be in place and will take the load off the brick sewers.

Shining a light on Joseph Bazalgette – The London Sewerage System

Being in reflective mood this morning, as Megatron returns to work, we’re remembering Sir Joseph Bazalgette.  He saved thousands of lives and created one of the seven wonders of the industrial world, the London sewer system.

One of the things that makes London extraordinary and Hydro Cleansing privileged to work here, is maintaining Bazalgette’s sewerage system. Championed by fellow engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Bazalgette was appointed chief engineer of the Metropolitan Board of Works, in 1856. He had the extraordinary foresight to allow for London’s population boom. It is the foundation upon which this 8.6 million populated metropolis runs smoothly and efficiently. The sewers are now operating at a level way beyond what they were intended for.  Innovations are being developed and should be built this year to cope with London’s continuing growth, in the form of the super sewers.

We have history beside innovation, our Megatron has been repaired and upgraded. Remarkably, we have a bigger reel with up to 45000 psi! It’s back, bigger and better.

If you’re only going to do it once, do it well, and maintain it! Are your drains going to last?

“[The principle, in building a sewer system, was]  of diverting the cause of the mischief to a locality where it can do no mischief. “

Joseph Bazelgette 1819 – 1891

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Hydro Cleansing assesses Storm Desmond

Experts have estimated that Storm Desmond has already caused an estimated £500m worth of damage, with over 5,000 homes in Cumbria alone affected by flood damage. With more rain falling in the past 24 hours, local residents and businesses are yet again facing further chaos and disruption today. The town of Glenridding is underwater yet again, with a reported 66mm of rain falling, overwhelming rivers and leaving the town’s residents stranded.

Clean up efforts have been ongoing in the worst affected areas including Carlisle, Keswick and Cockermouth. However, many households are still without power and thousands of local residents are facing the possibility that their homes will not be ready to live in until the New Year.

With local authorities overwhelmed by the scale of the damage, Hydro Cleansing are providing support to the community in Cumbria by sending complimentary Road Sweepers and Tankers with crews from our depot in Croydon. Our volunteers have headed to the worst affected areas to removing large quantities of silt and mud that can cause further flooding if it is allowed to enter the drainage systems.

For the last few days we have been working alongside Cumbria County Council, DEFRA, the Police and the Army, utilising the experience we gained during the 2014 floods in the South of England, to ensure the best possible assistance is given.

With more rain expected in the next few days, along with snowfall and strong winds, emergency services have advised local residents to not take any risks around flood waters. A spokesman for the Cumbria Police has urged the public “not to approach or go near any flood water as it is extremely fast flowing and can be a threat to people’s lives”.

Please call us on 0800 740 888 for immediate assistance or visit www.hydro-cleansing.com for live chat.

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