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Welcome to LDFs blog & helpful advice page. Here, you can keep up­to­date with the latest goings on from LDF and the drainage industry in general, as well as stay alert to the best tips regarding your drainage.
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Updating London’s Lost Rivers

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

‘Innovative’ Sustainable Drainage Helps Manage Urban Flood Risk Homes near one of London’s lost rivers are at increased risk of flooding but a new sustainable drainage project from Thames Water could provide a solution. When it comes to London, the majority of people are familiar with the River Thames.


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Melina Road polypipe install


Are Super Basements Creating Greater Flood Risk in London?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Government Consultation on Potential Impacts as Super Basements Gain Popularity Super basements have become increasingly popular with wealthy Londoners. The possible uses are endless, but is there a down side to going underground? In Central London’s more prestigious residential areas, space is at a premium like nowhere else in the country.


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Damien Hirst's designs for his super basement extension, October 2015 (Photo: © Purcell /


UK House Builders Must Adopt Sustainable Drainage

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Government proposal aims to prevent overburdening of the existing systems and to reduce the likelihood of surface water flooding.


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Green roofs provide sustainable drainage


When Blocked Drains Lead To Open Sewer Conditions

Monday, September 19th, 2016

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!


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Sheffield Wakeboarders Tackle Victorian Storm Drains

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Stunning video captures secret subterranean adventure paradise. A new urban drainage project in London is old news in Sheffield. Their storm drains, dating from the 1800s, provide the latest challenge for local adventurers.


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How British Sewer Workers Helped Win The War

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Remembering Those Unsung Heroes. While soldiers fought above ground, some intrepid sewer workers were helping them to win the war beneath it.


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Huge Sinkhole Swallows Family Car in London

Monday, June 20th, 2016

What Happens When The Earth Collapses Beneath Your Feet? Residents of Woodland Terrace in Charlton, south-east London, had a surprise last month when they woke to find that a large portion of their street had simply collapsed.


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The Secret History Of Newham Greenway

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Newham Greenway is a popular route for walkers and cyclists in East London, but is that all it is? Like many places in London, Newham Greenway has a story to tell.


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How London’s Great Stink Heralded A Wonder Of The Industrial World

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

The Influence Of Bazalgette On London’s Sanitation – Bazalgette’s Victorian sewers were the solution to London’s Great Stink. Find out how flushing toilets and cholera contributed to this revolutionary design.


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Review Your Recent London Drainage Facilities Service via

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Have you recently had a service carried out by London Drainage Facilities? You can now leave feedback on how we did via our our page. Your feedback will help us greatly improve our offerings and helps other customers make the right decision.


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