Super Sewer Set to Sift through Sewage

As experts in carrying out maintenance, clearance, and repairs of industrial, domestic and commercial drains in Yorkshire’s major cities such as Leeds, Bradford, and Wakefield, Alternative Drainage are aware of the care and skill it takes to efficiently complete large projects. News of a revolutionary redevelopment to London’s sewers has come to our attention, and the proposed project is an impressive scheme.

The UK water industry’s largest ever infrastructural project is due to take place in a few weeks’ time, as the Thames Tideway Tunnel scheme prepares to build a ‘Super Sewer’ underneath the streets of London using ‘Tunnel-Boring Machines’ (TBM).

It will intercept sewage from 34 connections called Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) and collect dirty water in the sewer before sending it to Beckton Sewerage Treatment Works for treatment. Once filtered at Beckton Sewage Works, the clean water can then be released into the Thames.

In terms of the size of the project, it will be the largest the UK water industry has ever seen; up to 4,000 staff will be deployed across 24 variably sized sites.

According to communications lead for the central section of the Tideway Project, Michael Appleton:
“Construction is a continuous improving process. It’s all about finding new and better ways of doing things. Anything you can glean from other projects is priceless and something you should be doing.”

A previous project by Crossrail saw a 118km railway line connect London with the South East. Commenting on this, Appleton continued:
“Crossrail used to say that a project like that in central London is like doing open heart surgery on a person still walking around and its very similar here.”

Evidently, much can be learned from this infrastructural revolution if it becomes a success in cleaning the sewers of London. Perhaps if this goal is completed, it is a construction plan that could be rolled out in major cities of Yorkshire and the North.

As previously mentioned, here at Alternative Drainage we are impressed by the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel and look forward to more updates about the project in the future. To stay connected with sewer and drainage updates in Yorkshire, make sure to Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook. For specific drainage repairs, maintenance or clearance enquiries, you can call us on 0800 980 1362.