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Sewer in Cambridge city centre collapses

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

A sewer in the centre of Cambridge has collapsed says Anglian Water, meaning that the road will need to be closed while repairs take place. The sewer, on St. Andrews Street, needs vital repair work after the collapse was found near the Grand Arcade shopping centre. Negotiations are currently taking place between police, fire chiefs and council officials on how to best put diversions in place while the work is carried out. The problem was noticed after a large depression appeared in the road. The work, which is expected to take two weeks to complete, will commence on the 11th of October. However, this may be put back until the work on a different sewer problem on Mill Road is completed.

“We are sorry for any problems this repair causes and we will do our best to minimise disruption – but it has to be done. “We will be working all hours available to repair the road. “It could take at least two weeks but it’s difficult to know what we will find.”
Said Anglian Water spokesperson John Clare.

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Sewer collapses under the busy A53

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Roadworks are expected again on the A53 at Stockton Brook after a sewer partially collapsed. The road had recently seen a spate of roadworks while gas pipes were replaced. The road is used by thousands of motorists every year as it is a key route between Stoke-on-Trent and Leek. To minimise disruption, Severn Trent will not commence sewer repairs until next year. A spokesperson for Severn Trent stated:

"We're planning to replace a five-metre stretch of partially collapsed sewer. "We're hoping to use two-way lights to control traffic, and if all goes according to plan, the work should take two to three weeks to complete."
If the sewer under the road deteriorates further, it may be necessary to start the work sooner than expected. Because the pipe is over 5 metres below a gas main, large excavation equipment cannot be used and most of the work will have to be done by hand. The roadwork will affect local businesses. The owner of a local barber shop stated:
"If it's sewage work then I understand it is something that needs doing, but I'd like Severn Trent to consult with all the residents and businesses first, because we're the ones who will have to put up with it."

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Northumberland village gets new flood protection plan

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

A Northumbrian village that sees frequent flooding is celebrating, after it was announced that it will get a sewer upgrade to alleviate the problem. The village of Choppington will see work on the £500,000 project start in early October. As part of the scheme, Northumbrian water will be upgrading the current sewer pipe that serves properties in Percy Gardens and Farndale Avenue. The sewer upgrade will see around 300 metres of new sewer fitted to replace the existing underperforming pipeline. The new sewer pipe will enable storm waters to be taken away from homes so the chance of flooding is greatly reduced. Northumbrian Water’s project manager on the scheme, Paul Davison stated: "We appreciate that flooding is distressing for customers, so reducing this risk is one of our top priorities. "This scheme will offer the residents of Choppington some protection for the future. Sometimes it is necessary to upgrade a sewer network if a town or village increases in size. The same can also apply at new housing developments in large cities like London. If you are concerned that your drain or sewer is underperforming, you should get in contact with a specialist drainage company who will be able to assess the problem.

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Keswick gets sewer upgrade

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Waste water engineers in Keswick are holding an exhibition at the local Moot Hall to show residents plans of £20million sewer upgrade. The upgrade to Keswick’s waste water system will see sewage pipes connecting the local treatment works increase in diameter, a new pumping station built and a new waste water storm tank built underground in Rawnsley Hall car park. Other works will see many of the towns aged sewer pipes replaced. United Utilities, who are undertaking the drainage improvement works, say that the quality of the water in Bassenthwaite Lake will also improve after discharges into the river Derwent and river Greta will be more closely monitored and improved so phosphorous levels in the water will be reduced. Geoff Durkin, Untied utilities project manager stated:

“This is an essential scheme for Keswick. “Not only will it improve the environment in and around beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake, which is a uniquely important environment, it will also help prevent flooding from United Utilities’ sewers in the Greta Grove area. “We are committed to keeping people informed of our progress and seeing what they think. Please come along and see us. You don’t need to make an appointment.”
Work in the town centre will take place after the Christmas tourist rush to avoid congestion issues.

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Collapsed sewer in Blackpool causes problems for residents

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Heavy rain and a collapsed sewerage pipe have caused problems for Blackpool residents this week. The problems started on Saturday evening when water started to flood over the pavement on St Johns Avenue in Pilling. The situation quickly worsened with raw sewage creating ‘ponds’ in people’s gardens. The problem seems to have stemmed from a collapsed sewer in a nearby street and United Utilities are currently looking at the problem. They have so far pumped sewerage into collection tankers and are installing a bypass pipe which will enable them to repair the collapse. A United Utilities spokesperson stated:

“We are sorry to people in Pilling that have experienced the flooding. There has been a collapsed sewer on School Lane. “We are working hard to fix the problem. A temporary sewer pipe has been installed to act as a by-pass but the heavy rain has led to a lot of soil going in the pipe which is causing blockages."
The problem has been forcing residents to stay indoors so it’s hoped that the water company will fix the problem quickly. If you notice that your drains are not taking water away as efficiently as they should it’s always advisable to get in touch with a drainage company who will be able to solve the problem for you.

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Free eco pack includes fat collector

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

A free eco saving pack is being given away by Yorkshire Council, who is hoping that residents will realise the benefits of being ‘green’. The pack, which can be hired from local libraries, includes an energy usage monitor, a water saving device and a fat collector. The energy usage monitor must be returned to the library, but the fat collector and the water saver can be kept. Every year thousands of pounds are spent unclogging drains that have become blocked by people who discard used cooking fat down the sink. By using the fat collector, the fat will solidify and can be simply composted. The water saver fits to the toilet cistern and can save around one litre per flush, which can equate to huge savings if you are on a water meter. Councillor Simon Fraser stated:

"The monitors can be taken out on loan, just like a book or compact disk. It is hand-held and very simple to use. "Seeing how much electricity is being used can be a real shock. It is amazing how quickly we can then find ways to save energy and, as a result, money. "It is a good time to be loaning the packs before the cold weather is upon us."

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Detained plans of London’s super sewer released

Friday, September 17th, 2010

We brought you news earlier in the week of the plans to build a new ‘super sewer’ in London to stop excess rainfall discharge pollution entering the River Thames. Well now more detailed plans have been revealed as part of a public consultation that is expected to last another 13 weeks. The ‘super sewer’ will follow the route of the capital’s river and will run for 20 miles from the west of London to the east. The ‘super sewer’ also called ‘The Thames Tunnel’ will closely follow the contours of the river at a depth of around 75 metres. The route to the east of Tower Bridge is yet to be decided, with the tunnel expected to follow one of three proposed routes. At the moment, raw sewage is released into the Thames at least once every week due to rainfall levels. The Chief Executive of Thames Water, Martin Baggs stated:

"Allowing sewage to continue to overflow into the river at the current frequency is unacceptable. "This causes significant environmental damage - killing fish, polluting the river for those who wish to use and enjoy it and affecting the wellbeing of our capital."
It is hoped that London drainage problems will be alleviate when construction is completed in 2020.

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Twineham sees much needed drain maintenance

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

West Sussex County council are going to fund a scheme which will improve the drainage system in Twineham. The scheme which is estimated to cost £21,600 saw works commence yesterday on Hickstead Lane. Damaged pipes will be replaced as part of the works and gullies and ditches are due for an overhaul in Bolney Chapel Road and on Twineham Lane. It is estimated that the works will take three weeks to complete, dependant on weather, and will be carried out during normal working hours. While the work is ongoing, a temporary traffic management system will be in place, but if possible this will be removed at the end of the working day to allow traffic to flow freely. Sewers and drainage pipes need regular maintenance so that waste matter can flow freely. It is however an unfortunate fact, that most homeowners rarely look at the condition of the drain that runs from their home into the sewer system, until they have a problem. It’s only then that they call drain maintenance specialists to investigate further. If you live in a large city like London, you need to make sure that you have the contact details of a professional drain maintenance company who will be able to attend any problem 24/7.

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Damaged sewer in Portland to get a new lease of life

Monday, September 13th, 2010

A sewer in Portland will have to be relined after defects including holes and fractures were found along its length. The sewer, which is 120 years old, runs underneath High Street in the town and needs to be repaired urgently to avoid a collapse. It was investigated by Wessex Water who used CCTV sewer survey equipment to diagnose the problem. Leanne Ford who is one of Wessex Water’s critical sewers technicians stated:

“This sewer has deteriorated to a point where it requires urgent repairs in order to prevent disruption that would occur if it collapsed in the future. “Fortunately, despite the multitude of problems, we can give the sewer a new lease of life using a quick pioneering procedure which takes just one week.”
The liner repair is due to start on the 25th October and is expected to be completed around the 31st October. The work is taking place during the half-term holiday to reduce the impact on motorists. Miss Ford further stated:
“Due to the sewer’s location in the centre of High Street and the narrow width of the road, it will not be possible for traffic to safely pass while specialist equipment is used to complete the essential repairs. “We appreciate that this work will cause some inconvenience and ask people to be patient while we work as quickly as possible to complete it”.
New technology has made relining sewers the preferred choice in instances like this where excavation would take much longer and cause problems for the general public.

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Sewer that frequent causes flooding replaced by Yarlington homes

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

A sewer that frequently causes flooding is to be replaced by a housing contractor in Ilton. Forty new homes are being built by Yarlington Homes at the Penny Mead development, and as part of the plans they have agreed to replace a sewer that has previously overflowed. Work to replace the sewer has been taking place over the school holidays but the developer is doing everything they can to minimise potential issues the works may have on homeowners. The PR and Marketing manager of Yarlington Housing stated:

“With all of our developments we have a full consultation process with local people before we begin. “Though the wet weather didn’t help the situation when the sewer was being replaced, the regular sweeping and cleaning of the pavement meant pedestrians have experienced little, if any, inconvenience.”
When new development take place it is quite common that the sewer that is already in situ will have to be replaced to cope with the extra capacity needed by the new homes. And the best time to replace the sewer is when the development is under construction. If you have a new home and have problems with flooding from nearby sewer systems, it’s worth getting in touch with the company who built the homes to find out if the nearby sewer system was updated at the same time.

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