It’s estimated that London’s complex sewage network could easily stretch the length of the Earth, collecting and feeding waste through our intricate system of drains, pipes and treatment plants. Impressive as this may be, combine it with the 8 million people living in the capital, and it perhaps takes a different stance, giving an insight into the current strain our drainage infrastructure is under.
As Europe’s most densely populated metropolis, London is experiencing the greatest levels of growth, yet it possesses some of the oldest infrastructure. Fortunately we offer clients a comprehensive service, ensuring that our sewer network is more than capable of handling everything that is thrown at it.
“A cleaner, healthier River Thames is essential for the wellbeing of the city as a whole. The Thames Tideway Tunnel will ensure the country’s capital remains a flourishing business centre and tourist destination, protecting the city’s reputation around the world. The river is a great, under-used asset for the capital that must be protected.” – Thames Water
The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a major new project planned to increase the capacity of London’s Victorian sewage system and to prevent increasing pollution in the River Thames, from sewage overflows.
The demands of modern day London are unfortunately taking their toll on the current system and although built to last, it was never designed with the growth we are experiencing, in mind. Nearly 40 million tonnes of untreated sewage escapes into the River on average, a year and this is gradually increasing.
The estimated cost of the project was £3.6 billion, which has since risen to £4.1 billion, which excludes various other related works and upgrades. It is scheduled to be completed by 2023 and will make way for the UK to meet European environmental standards.
Thames Water, the Environmental Agency, DEFRA and the Greater London Authority have all been working together, devising the proposed project, which will comprise of a storage and transfer tunnel, under the Thames riverbed.
Like any major project it has received its fair share of negative press which is due to a number of reasons:
- Although the tunnel will prevent increasing pollution in the Thames and any sewage overflows, campaigners feel that it does not deal sufficiently enough with the increasing volume of sewage in the capital.
- C02 emissions will be produced, from pumping effluent, causing a environmental impact, in addition to areas such as parks and brownfield sites being utilised.
- The economic cost means that the average Thames Water customer’s bill could rise to over £50.
Whether in agreement or not the population of London, along with the Thames, do need action taken immediately as mentioned before, our current sewage system was never designed for the growth we are currently experiencing.
If you wish to find out more please view the short video below from Thames Water:
There is estimated to be more than 5 million pump stations, across London and the South East, which collect and feed waste through the vast complex of sewers, drains, pipes and treatment plants. The average person uses 150 litres of water per day, which when multiplied by the 8 million people living in the South East of England perhaps gives some insight into the miracle beneath our feet.
Our drainage systems must be capable of handling waste water, rubbish, rain and anything else that comes its way, filtering, cleaning and ferrying the water through networks stretching miles, redelivering that clean water back to our homes whenever we turn a tap. When you consider also that London is Europe’s most densely populated metropolis, with the greatest level of growth and some of the oldest infrastructure, perhaps again you realise just how clever the utilities industry is.
The modern day miracle which is our current system has coped so well for so long but in order to ensure this continues it is vital that recognition is given to the following key issues:
- Pump stations maintenance
- Gullies and drain clearance and inspection
- Soakaway cleaning and maintenance
- Car park interceptor inspection and servicing
- Internal building drain cleaning
- Fat and grease is captured in traps which are emptied regularly, avoiding pollution
By managing our drainage infrastructure cohesively, we can:
- Mitigate the risk of floods
- Reduce pollution of our waterways
- Reduce insurance claims and rising premiums
- Prevent slips, trips, and falls
- Reduce repair costs from failed infrastructure
- Reduce the risk of loss of trade
Hydro Cleansing was built for London and all that London can throw at it. Our fleet encompasses the broadest range of technology in the market and is capable of dealing with the deepest flood, through to the highest blocked toilet.
With a wealth of knowledge and experience we offer services designed to your specific needs, committing ourselves to providing an unrivalled, cost effective service, causing minimal disruption.
Naturally, we hope our range our services may be of interest to you, so if we can be of any further assistance, you wish to book an appointment or receive a quote, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0808 256 5844 or visit our website www.hydro-cleansing.com