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Explore London’s Hidden Sewers

Friday, July 24th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_2903" align="alignright" width="240"]Fleet Sewer looking north - by Matt Brown - Flickr Fleet Sewer looking north - by Matt Brown - Flickr[/caption] With London offering such a rich history above street level, it is perhaps surprising that there are many Londoners who are truly fascinated by what goes on at a subterranean level. Yet, Thames Water receives hundreds of requests a year by those requesting tours of London’s elaborate sewage system. History of London’s Sewage System London was originally made up of a number of small settlements and problems with the removal of sewage from these locations were acknowledged as far back as the medieval period. Excrement lay in the street, which was then washed away into various streams and rivers that flowed into the River Thames. These streams and rivers would have also been a supply of water and fish, so over the centuries that followed, authorities were concerned about the safety of public health, particularly with diseases such as cholera becoming such an epidemic by the 19th century. Various measures were put into place, such as the introduction of cesspools, but London didn’t really develop an effective way to deal with the constant build-up of sewage until the late 1800s, when the Victorian engineer, Sir Joseph Bazalgette, designed a complex sewage system that was one of the first modern sewage networks in the world. His design involved turning some of London’s rivers into culverts, covering them beneath ground and allowing them to flow together to create his vision. Lost Rivers of London Some of the rivers that got swallowed up and joined part of this Victorian sewage network are still visible beneath the streets of London today and certain walking tour companies will take you past their entrances. The River Effra in South

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London Drainage Facilities awarded new contract with Mears Group Kensington

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

London Drainage Facilities (LDF) has been appointed by Mears Group to deliver its wide range of drainage services on behalf of their extensive portfolio of residential properties, concentrated in the Kensington & Chelsea Borough of London. The contract, reviewed annually, will see the company provide services including emergency reactive callouts, CCTV surveys and excavation works to over 5,000 multiple residential sites across the leafy London borough on behalf of Catalyst Housing. Fraser Ruthven, Head of Marketing & Growth at LDF, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to work on this prestigious project by Mears Group. We have worked hard to achieve this particular contract as we look to make severe in-roads to the group’s drainage operations within London and the South-East. We already look after several other boroughs in London where Mears operate, so stay tuned for more developments!” Danny Fuller, the company’s Managing Director, adds: “This win further positions us as a leading player in the drainage sector within the South East of England. We have a proven track record of delivering drainage work for high-profile customers in a similar area already including Mitie, Willmott Dixon and Rydon Maintenance, which I am sure helped to highlight us as the best candidate for this job.” Mears Group employs almost 16,000 people in every region of the UK and is responsible for the maintenance, repair and upgrade to the homes of hundreds of thousands of people in communities from remote rural villages to large inner-cities.

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