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