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When Blocked Drains Lead To Open Sewer Conditions

Monday, September 19th, 2016

[caption id="attachment_4128" align="aligncenter" width="680"]Sewer conditions by residential property in South Africa Residents of East Bank in East London, SA, are battling to get blocked drains fixed. Photo: Siphokazi Vuso[/caption] Blocked Drains Aren’t Just A Smelly Nuisance. They’re Also A Health Risk. Blocked drains smell foul and if left untreated, are a health risk and can cause major structural damage, so imagine living next to open sewage for 15 years! Blocked drains can create serious problems, not only to your property, but also to your health. Whether you have a blocked internal drain within your property or a blockage in external lateral drains that run to the public sewer, it’s recommended that you seek professional help as soon as possible to stop the problem from escalating. Internal drains are your responsibility, however, it’s the responsibility of your local water company to maintain and repair external drains that link to public sewers. This is the problem that residents of East Bank, East London, a settlement in South Africa, have been suffering since 2001. Numerous reports and complaints to the local municipal offices have resulted in nothing. With a lack of playgrounds in the surrounding area, children end up playing next to open sewer conditions. What’s more, the filth caused by dirty, stagnant water and sewage slush is made worse by some residents dumping their rubbish there. This example may seem a million miles away from the streets of our own capital city, yet London has suffered its fair share of drain and sewer problems over the years. It was only a few years ago that a sewerage leak in Waltham Abbey killed fish in a local brook – the cause was a blocked pipe. Here’s a look at the causes of blocked drains and the health risks

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London Drainage Facilities welcomes Altius Assured Vendor Status

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

London Drainage Facilities (LDF) is delighted to announce that it has successfully secured Altius Assured Vendor accreditation, as part of its drive to provide a superior level of service to new and existing customers. After passing a rigorous independent assessment and accreditation process, LDF is now able to further pursue business links with blue-chip companies such as Debenhams, Punch Taverns, Morrisons, Bellrock FM, Arcadia Group and Superdrug. Gary Plant, Managing Director of award winning Altius, a leading supply chain compliance management company explained: “London Drainage Facilities has demonstrated to our expert assessors that it’s a top supplier. This provides assurance that it has all the necessary health and safety systems, financial strength, insurance coverage, and other requirements in place to be a competent supplier to large corporate customers. We are delighted to welcome them as one of our assured vendors.” By working with suppliers to develop and assess their competences, Altius enhances their status and performance – opening up opportunities to win major contracts with some of the UK’s leading businesses. Suppliers can also raise their performance further by developing and proving their customer service, environmental and corporate social responsibility credentials to achieve Altius Elite Vendor status. LDFs Managing Director, Danny Fuller, said: “With so many changes in the industry including the way Health and Safety is assessed in the work place, we are honoured to have our business partnered with Altius. Being able to bid for work using this accreditation will further enhance our reputation as a top supplier in the drainage sector. This achievement proves the high level of competence and compliance ethos that we have always worked with.” Importantly, using Altius software clients can effectively monitor compliance themselves or use the skills of the Altius team to assess, improve and monitor their supply base. The aim is to reduce the risk while increasing performance, and online systems enable an evidence-based approach to checking the financial stability of suppliers. London Drainage Facilities offers a 24/7 emergency callout service for drain repairs, flood

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