PRESS RELEASE 25 January 2018
Hydro Cleansing can confirm that they were prosecuted by Thames Water, in pursuant of the Water Industry Act 1991 but NOT FOR THE THEFT OF WATER as reported in Thames Waters Press Release 24 January 2018 and then sensationalised by local and National Press.
The matter was dealt with amicably and Hydro Cleansing fully complied and are fully compliant with the Water Industry Act 1991 in relation to the extraction of water from Wash Outs, using a Licensed Standpipe supplied by the approved Third Party. Though there is very little or no information available regarding the correct process for the extraction of water.
As a result of the prosecution, Hydro Cleansing paid £3000.00 in fines to Thames Water for the incorrect connection of Fire Hydrants / Wash Outs (W/O) and associated legal costs incurred by Thames Water.
All relevant procedures regarding the connection have been increased and superseded over the last 18 months despite no interjection from Thames Water or their investigation team and the appointed third party provider of licences, were unable to help with updated procedures.
Hydro Cleansing would like to put it on record that prior to the prosecution, it was not made clear the extraction of water from Hydrants is now illegal and that the correct procedures were to use a Wash Outs (W/O) with a food hygiene certificate, specialist training, anti-bacterial spray required and specialist standpipe, despite Hydro Cleansing having already purchased the relevant licensed equipment and not supplied any booklet or information at time of purchase.
At no point did Hydro Cleansing knowingly act in an illegal fashion, which was reflected in the final judgement and Hydro Cleansings solemnity to the situation.
Hydro Cleansing have requested on numerous occasions the location of available W/O’s from Thames Water and the third party who supply Standpipes on behalf of numerous Water Authorities, this information they have been unable to provide to date.
Hydro Cleansing continue to work closely with major water authorities to ensure compliance and legislation of extraction and disposal of waste from numerous streams that are maintained throughout London and the Home Counties.
Hydro Cleansing Limited
Hydro Cleansing Ltd is the leaders within the industry for carrying out professional sewer services, including Fatberg removal, helping to ensure that the nations waste water infrastructures are maintained, kept environmentally cleansed and more importantly flowing. You could call us the Fatberg busters as our fully trained expert engineers, most powerful Super Combination Tankers, and in some cases, our highly sophisticated water bound drainage camera Mega Float, trawl through the grime, glug and sludge to ultimately break down and remove fatbergs found in sewers.
What is a Fatberg?
Fatbergs are large congealed lumps made up of fat compounded together by oil, grease, sanitary items, wet wipes and other waste solids, congealed to sewer walls. Fatbergs have been found to grow to the size of a wide body jumbo jet, in other words, a Boeing 747 aircraft which ultimately block major networks resulting in major damage to sewer pipes.
Having been involved in projects which have seen us remove fatbergs, there is no doubt that fatbergs have become an increasingly common problem affecting the UK’S sewer networks. With fat, oils and grease (Fogs), sanitary products and wet wipes being poured and flushed down drains and pipes, and as reported earlier this year, plastic micro beads found in shower gels, facial scrubs and tooth paste are also proving to cause problems for our drainage systems.
Can Fatbergs really be turned into Green Fuel?
While fatbergs are problematic to sewer systems, fatbergs and sewer sludge have now also been recognised as a source of bio oil fuel –
Green Fuel. With fatbergs becoming ever challenging, experts have noted to find ways to turn sludge into between 25% and 40% of bio diesel. Bio diesel has also been recounted to be 80% cleaner for the environment than regular diesel, with the expectation that water companies might be able to find a use for the thousands of tonnes of waste found deep below the ground.
Hydro Cleansing Fat Busting Fatbergs
The London sewerage system has been serving London since the 19th century when it was developed. Considered to be a triumph of Victorian engineering, planned maintenance of such a longstanding system is exceptionally important. Being environmentally cautious will ensure that systems continue to run efficiently and run as they should. As part of our comprehensive drain and sewer services along with our waste management services, Hydro Cleansing have the capability and expertise to provide Fatberg Removal. We are the absolute best in what we do, and we continue to invest in new, innovative technologies to tackle the industry’s biggest challenges. We understand the importance of delivering safe and accurate drainage services that are environmentally friendly. To find out more about our complete range of sewer services, call us on 02086893339 and speak to us today!
What to do when you have a blocked sink
First of all, don’t panic! It’s usually very simple to fix a blocked sink, and can be done without buying any expensive equipment or flooding your kitchen. Follow this easy guide to diagnose and fix the problem.
Remember to look after yourself and your property
– Rubber gloves protect your hands while dealing with domestic blockages
– You can cover the bathroom or kitchen area with plastic covering if you are worried about damaging the surfaces
– We advise having a couple of strong bin liners with you as it may be necessary to dispose of waste
– Start off by pouring boiling water directly down the blocked sink. Two full kettles should be enough to move any stubborn organic matter
– If boiling water doesn’t do the trick pour down half a box of baking soda then pour down a mug of vinegar, swiftly followed by the plug stopper or old rags
– Wait at least 30 minutes and then pour down another kettle of boiling water
– If the vinegar and baking soda volcano didn’t shift your sink blockage, it might be time to introduce the plunger
– Fill the sink or bath with a little water (enough to fully cover the drain)
– If there is an overflow, plug it up with rags or a tea towel
– Wet the plunger and place over the drain
– Ensure you have a firm seal and use sharp fast plunges to remove the clog
– Remove the plunger and the blockage should flow away, if it does not then repeat.
– If you still have a blocked sink, this indicates that the problem is further down the pipe and will need an engineer to come out and investigate
Who is liable for the blocked drain?
Liability for drainage issues can be a minefield. It can be the responsibility of:
– Your local council
– The water board
– Housing association
– Property owner
– Letting agent
– The tenant
If you are renting, contact your landlord or letting agent before calling out an engineer. If you are unsure who’s responsibility it is, call our team and they will contact local authorities on your behalf and arrange works.
Ways to prevent blocked sinks:
– Avoid putting any solids down your sink; even a cotton bud will get wrapped in wipes and cause a blockage somewhere
– Using a plug strainer is a cheap and easy way to prevent a build up of kitchen waste in your pipes
– Using drain cleaner or the baking soda and vinegar mix once a month will help to keep your pipes free from blockages
– Never ever pour fat or grease down the sink. This is sure fire way to block your drainage system
What to do if the blockage does not go away:
Give us a call! Our skilled engineers are available 24/7 so can attend a job at any time to assess the problem and provide a solution quickly.