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Altrincham sewer system gets much needed renovation

Monday, October 10th, 2011

The size of some sewers in Altrincham, Cheshire are set to be increased. Currently, some streets in the town flood at times of heavy rainfall, as the sewers are not large enough to cope. Roads affected include Woodcote Road, Park Road and Manchester Road. In extreme circumstances the rainwater floods from the sewers into people’s gardens and even into people’s cellars. Around 15 homes will see a definite benefit from the scheme, as flooding into their cellars should become a thing of the past. Other homes in the region will benefit because the rainwater will no longer flood onto the highway. The senior project manager, Gary Marsh, stated:

"This scheme will bring peace of mind to families who have had to put up with the misery of sewer flooding. "Population growth in Altrincham, leading to more houses and businesses, has resulted in more wastewater going into the pipes and fewer permeable surfaces for the rainwater to drain into. Climate change has also led to longer, heavier periods of rain. As a consequence, the old sewers and drains struggled to cope. "By increasing the size of the sewer pipes we can make sure the network can hold more wastewater, helping to reduce the risk of flooding during rainstorms."
Residents will be kept up to date regarding when and where the work will take place, however it is expected to be completed by the end of March 2012.

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Pinky and Perky win design award

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

A new pumping station in London has won a design award. The state-of-the-art Pudding Mill Lane pumping station has been built for the Olympic Delivery Authority. And its eye catching design includes two bright pink odour control units. The new pumping station has been designed to cope with 1,000 litres of sewage per second and has been named ‘Servicing Building of the Year’, defeating over 300 other nominations to take the award. Thames Water’s Olympic Director, Piers Clark, stated:

"As an official provider for London 2012, we have been focused on ensuring our network offers the best service to customers at the Olympic Park. Not only does Pudding Mill Lane do the job, it looks good doing it. The two pink cylinders are a distinctive feature of the site, so we’ve named them Pinky and Perky."
New London Architecture, who gave the award, said that it contributed to:
"the urban environment and local community through design excellence, showing a respect for context and demonstrating innovative and efficient use of resources."

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Buying a new home? Check the drainage

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Problems with drainage can be harrowing for the homeowner, especially if the problems cause damage to the person’s home. Most people don’t worry about the condition of their drains until they have a problem, however this can be a bad decision to make. Everyone should pay attention to the condition of their drains and make sure they are in a good working condition at all times. If you are buying a new home you’ll often get a survey of the property to check its general condition, however this rarely incorporate a survey of the drains. If the house is few decades old the drainage may be in a bad state of repair and need to be repaired or replaced. The only way you can find out the condition of the drains is by using the services of a reliable drainage company. A drainage company will be able to perform a CCTV survey of your drains to check for any problems or irregularities before the problem worsens. Some people actually choose to take on a drain maintenance contract with the drainage firm so they can be sure that their drains are in a good working condition. So if any problems do occur, they’ll have someone they can rely on to come to their rescue 24/7.

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New sewer for Kingsley Common residents

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Work on a 1,200 metre section of sewer will start at the end of October as drainage engineers strive to stop sewer flooding in Kingsley Common. Thames Water say that the work will take approximately three months to complete, but when done will significantly reduce the chance of flooding in the area. They will open a drop-in centre at The Kingsley Centre on Tuesday the 11th of October for those residents who want to find out more. As Kingsley common is a conservation area, the waste water firm have had to apply for special permission to lay the 125mm sewer pipe. Thames Water head of programme delivery, Nick Fawcett, stated:

"We are sorry in advance for any disruption to customers caused by this must-do work to make Kingsley Common’s sewer network fit for purpose. "Sewer flooding is unacceptable and has no place in the 21st century, which is why we are committed to putting an end to it. Between now and 2015 we are investing £350m in tackling sewer flooding across our London and Thames Valley region."

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How to remove roots from the sewer system

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

One of the most common reasons for blocked drainage is the ingress of roots from trees and plants into sewer pipes. When a sewer system is very old, it’s not uncommon for small hairline cracks to form in the pipes and the connections between the pipes. Small cracks don’t normally cause a problem to the integrity of the system until they become much larger or until roots from surrounding greenery find their way through these cracks. The smallest roots can infiltrate a sewer system if they find their way in and can quickly multiply and grow, further damaging the waste pipe system. If this is allowed to go on unmonitored a pipe can become blocked by these roots in a relatively short space of time. If a pipe has become blocked by roots, a drainage company in London can use root cutters to trim the roots back to the internal diameter of the pipe, without the need for excavation. They can then insert a pipe liner into the pipe so that there is no way for the roots to get back into the drainage system again.

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Sewer upgrades in Dover to ease flooding

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

A waste water flood prevention scheme in Dover is finally underway after months of planning. After a £1.3m investment in the region by Sothern Water, flooding in the Dover region will be reduced thanks to upgrades in the regions waste water network. At times of heavy rainfall, the town’s waste water system can’t cope with the excess water. To compensate for this, a succession of upgrades will see new sewers and pumping stations constructed around the town. Some of the locations where upgrades will take place include Brookfield Place, where a pumping station will be constructed under the car park and new sewers will be built. Another site to get a new pumping station is St Radigans Road, where a diversion will be in place for over a month. Residents will be kept abreast of works that may affect them by Southern water before the works begin. The project manager on the job, Gary Sayers, stated:

“This scheme will bring benefits to various parts of Dover, not just the areas we’ll be working in. Construction like this can inevitably cause disruption but we will do all we can to keep this to a minimum and to finish the work on time.”

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