A major section of the A15 in Peterborough was closed at the end of January so that teams of drainage experts could clear tonnes of fat from the sewers beneath.

The Werrington Parkway was closed over the weekend of the 28th of January so drainage engineers could use industrial high pressure jetting equipment to shift the fatty clogs. The work is part of Anglian water’s 12-week programme to clear the sewers between the city centre and Walton.

Over the first few weeks of the scheme over 200 tonnes of fat were removed along with baby wipes and other-non-disposable items.

A spokesperson for Anglian Water said:

“The sheer amount of material which has accumulated in this sewer over the last few years is incredible.

“It really brings home the scale of the problem we are faced with in keeping the sewers clear.”

Anglian Water has a sewer cleaning maintenance programme which it undertakes every year to make sure the city’s sewer remain free of fat. In recent months homeowners around the St Paul’s Road and Chaucer Road areas have experienced difficulties when flushing their toilets, hence the A15 road closure.

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