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They Were Trying To Clear A London Sewer When They Discovered This


They Were Trying To Clear A London Sewer When They Discovered This

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They Were Trying To Clear A London Sewer When They Discovered This

Workers Were Trying To Clear A London Sewer When They Discovered A 143 Ton Fatberg

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Deep in the bowels of London, a network of Victorian tunnels has carried sewage beneath the city streets for more than 150 years. But in 2017 workers discovered something strange lurking in the dark. Longer than the famous Tower Bridge and approaching the weight of a blue whale, it was a monster of strangely – and disgustingly – human origin. But would the team be able to cast it aside?

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Workers Were Trying To Clear A London Sewer When They Discovered A 143 Ton Fatberg

A fatberg the size of 2 football pitches was found in London's sewers

This gigantic fatberg, made up of oil, grease, wet wipes, and nappies, was found blocking London's sewer systems.

The huge blob weighed 130 tonnes - roughly the same weight as 11 double decker buses. It also measured 250 metres in length, which was about the same as two football pitches.

Thames Water engineers are working to clear the fatberg, which they think will take around three weeks.

Thames Water’s head of waste networks, Matt Rimmer, said: This fatberg is up there with the biggest we’ve ever seen. It’s a total monster and taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove as it’s set hard.


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Brighton I360 Sewer Diversion

The old Victorian brick sewer runs along Brighton seafront. To allow the construction of the new Brighton I360 Tower on the site of the old Brighton West Pier. The sewer had to be diverted as it was running through the centre of huge foundations of the tower. This is a short video of CJ Thorne & Co Ltd of Uckfield, East Sussex cutting into the old Brighton sewer and diverting the flow into the new 1600mm concrete sewer pipe running around the I360 to the South of the new foundations. The work was completed January 2015.

15 tonne blob of fat found in sewer

Workers have cleared London's fatberg - a 15-tonne mass of clogging food grease and baby wipes that was preventing residents from flushing toilets.

It may look like an iceberg, but there's nothing cool about it.

Utility company Thames Water says it has discovered what it calls the biggest fatberg ever recorded in Britain - a 15-tonne blob of congealed fat and baby wipes lodged in a sewer drain.

That's enough wrongly flushed festering food fat mixed with wet wipes to fill a double-decker bus such as the famous London Routemaster, the company said.

Thames Water deals with fatbergs all the time, thanks to the widespread use of household oil and food fat. But few reach the mammoth size of the one found under a road in the London suburb of Kingston.

But with 108,000 kilometres of sewer pipes to monitor, and fatbergs forming around even a few wipes that catch on to a corner or a wall, Thames Water says it must be constantly vigilant.

This blockage - built up over an estimated six months - was discovered after residents in nearby apartment buildings were unable to flush their toilets.

Examination found that the mound of fat had reduced the 70-centimetre by 48-centimetre sewer to just 5 percent of its normal capacity. It damaged the sewers so badly that it will take six weeks to repair them.

The company said early today (NZ time) it was sharing news of the massive lard lump in hopes that customers will think twice about what they dump down the drain. It also released video footage of the fatberg, filmed by a remote vehicle gliding through the sewer like an underground amusement park ride.

The company says untreated fatbergs cause flooding and backups.

It's very lucky we caught this one, said Craig Rance, a spokesman for Thames Water.

Mind the fat.


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London Sewer Cam Soho + RAT

A CCTV drainage survey of a famous Victorian London sewer after we had jetted and sucked clean the run of all debris and silt.

To view photos of this sewer pre-cleaned click on the following link

Now managed by Thames Water this is part of the West End's underground drainage network and is set deep under Soho Square W1.
This footage really highlights the engineering excellence of Joseph Bazalgette's 1860's project to clean up London with over 1100 miles of sewerage pipework, designed to route foul waste out of the capital's filthy streets and into outfalls along the river Thames. Later, into STWs.

This video portrays one of the 'Egg Shaped' pipe lines and is un-edited so as to show the sheer quality of Victorian workmanship and to highlight the amazing condition of a 150 year old brick built sewer.

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More videos of these London sewers to follow.

Unblocking a blocked sewer connection at a manhole.

This video is of a blocked drain being cleared at a childcare centre south of Brisbane.
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We tell people not to flush them but secretly we want them to keep doing it as it's great for business!

London Sewer Soho

A survey of the sewer in Poland Street, London, W1. In total 272 meters was cleaned and surveyed by B P McKeefry's and Clearmasters.

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Members of the public could one day get a close-up view of a giant fatberg discovered in a London sewer after a museum put in a bid to acquire part of the deposit for display. The monster fatberg, weighing more than 10 double-decker buses, is made up of wet wipes, nappies, and hardened cooking fat, and has clogged up a stretch of Victorian sewer under the busy Whitechapel Road.

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London Sewers

Civil engineer Joseph Bazalgette was put in charge of cleaning up the River Thames after a cholera epidemic killed 15,000 Londoners in 1853 and one hot summer in 1858 caused ‘The Great Stink.’

Bazalgette’s solution to the city’s health problems was to build an extensive underground sewer network that diverted London’s waste downstream to the Thames Estuary – away from the main areas where people lived.

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Explore London's sewer network in 360

Welcome to London's sewer network where 318 millions bricks were laid by hand

Have you ever wanted to venture below London's streets but not sure you could handle it? Now you can explore Sir Joseph Bazalgette's sewer system in 360 degrees.

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London’s Super Sewer - January 2019 update

We've made huge strides on London's #SuperSewer with more to come in 2019 on our mission to clean the River Thames

London's Super Sewer: Medieval Skeleton

Who is the booted medieval man making headlines around the world?

Museum of London archaeologists working at our Tideway Chambers Wharf site discovered a 500-year-old skeleton:

They Drained This Canal For The First Time In Decades, And What They Discovered Is Truly Bizarre

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The Canal Saint-Martin in Paris is one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful waterways. But the centuries-old, 4.5-kilometer canal is also one of the dirtiest, and has to be periodically cleaned out.

City authorities recently drained and cleaned the canal for the first time since 2001, removing over 40 tons of debris in the process. But it wasn’t all beer cans clogging things up. Thousands of artifacts were pulled from the muck, and they range from fascinating to downright bizarre.

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Fatberg Removal

Contractors working for DPW used water jets and a slicing device on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, to scrape away a fatberg of hardened fats, oils, and grease (FOG) as well as other junk that should never have been flushed. (Hint: If it's not poo, pee, or toilet paper, it should not be flushed.) The big, long sewer full of goo was backing up sewer water and creating overflows. Keeping FOG out of drains (just scrape or wipe it into a jar or can, and let it harden overnight before putting it in the trash) will go a long way toward keeping future fatbergs from forming.

The medieval mystery of the booted man in the mud

A mysterious male skeleton, lying face-down deep in the Thames mud, with a pair of in-situ thigh-high leather boots has been discovered by MOLA Headland archaeologists working on one of the sites being used to build London’s super sewer in Bermondsey.
The skeleton was discovered at Tideway’s Chambers Wharf site in Bermondsey, where work is currently underway to build the Thames Tideway Tunnel to stop sewage pollution in the River Thames.

London's Super Sewer - July 2018 update

In July, a major three-part documentary brought the story of London's #SuperSewer to an audience of millions. Take a look at the progress across the Tideway sites delivering the Thames Tideway Tunnel to clean up the iconic River Thames.



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