Call 0845 226 5060 for a FREE quote
Client login

Wessex Water highlights the problems of sewer blockages at Christmas

December 24, 2010

While most of us will be enjoying our Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, the countries water companies will be counting the cost of the problems associated – namely blocked sewers. Wessex Water is one company that is making a point of trying to inform customers what to do with the fat from their Christmas […]

Sarah Beeny launches sewer awareness campaign

December 23, 2010

Property Ladder presenter Sarah Beeny is fronting a campaign which is targeted at homeowners who continue to put incorrect items into their drainage system. The presenter and developer launched Yorkshire Water’s Doing the Dirty campaign last Friday and stood in a re-constructed kitchen and toilet, which was filled waste deep with the contents of an […]

Big Dave tackles Manchester sewer problems

December 22, 2010

United Utilities have launched their latest attempt to keep Manchester’s sewers free from grime, a robot called Big Dave. Big Dave is a mechanised camera with all terrain tyres that can roll over just about any surface. He is controlled from above ground by his helper and can go into places a human simply can’t […]

Sewer collapse swallows HGV

December 20, 2010

A HGV was left in a spot of bother, when it sank into a hole in a road in Frampton last week. Usually potholes do little but create a bump when you drive across them, but this hole, caused by a sewer collapse, was large enough for the lorry to need a crane to lift […]

Camera with pictures intact blocks drain in Brecon

December 17, 2010

Drain inspection engineers in Brecon were surprised to find that a digital camera was the cause of a drain blockage in the town. Most drain blockages are caused by the accumulation of waste products, fat or people flushing nappies or sanitary items into the drainage system, so a camera was not expected. The camera was […]

Phase three sewer repair works to start in Belmont and Carrville

December 15, 2010

Residents in Durham will see their sewers upgraded over the next year as part of a £3m sewer investment scheme by Northumbrian water. The third phase of planned works will begin in January in Belmont and Carrville and will see drain installation engineers install a new sewer network and a flood protection scheme created, which […]

Cumbria counts the cost of flooding

November 26, 2010

One year on from the devastating floods that affected Cumbria, the estimated total cost of the repairs is thought to be in the region of £275m. Cumbria County Council released figures which show that £34 m has been spent on the county’s transport network, £91m has been spent on residential properties and £124m has been […]

Peacehaven tunnels make breakthrough

November 23, 2010

A Peacehaven waste water treatment scheme has reached a milestone in the construction of the system, with one of two boring machines making a breakthrough at Marine Drive pumping station. The tunnels will link new wastewater treatment works to the existing Victorian sewer system. Two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) are digging tunnels in lengths in […]

Councillor’s home flooded in Colwyn Bay

November 22, 2010

A local councillor’s home was flooded after an inspection drain overflowed in Colwyn Bay. Councillor Don Porter noticed the problems at his home on Rivieres Avenue last week when his toilet would not flush properly. Councillor Porter who is a representative for Glyn Ward said he had plumbing problems earlier in the week. He stated: […]

United Utilities consent to waste agreement

November 18, 2010

After a Prescot business was fined for discharging trade effluent into the public sewer system, United Utilities has sent a reminder to companies based in Liverpool to ask them to be mindful of their waste disposal actions. At a recent hearing at Knowsley Magistrates’ Court, a local chemical company was fined £2,500 and just under […]

Sewer repairs expected to cause delays for motorists in Belfast

November 17, 2010

Motorists in Belfast are being asked to be more patient than usual after a drainage contractor started work earlier this week on the repair of a sewer collapse on Donegal Road. Work to repair the sewer should take approximately five weeks to complete and will primarily take place at the junction between Donegal Road and […]

Ripponden residents ask Yorkshire Water to solve sewer problems

November 16, 2010

Residents on a street in Ripponden have complained to Yorkshire Water, after a series of floods caused by sewers overflowing at times of heavy rainfall left raw sewage in the road. The residents of Mill Fold in the town have in the past seen human faeces and sanitary products in the street when manhole covers […]

Mill Road sewer lining repairs complete

November 15, 2010

Anglian Water is currently undertaking a sewer strengthening project on the sewer system in Mill Road, Cambridge. Residents have faced sewer problems on Mill Road throughout the summer, with a sewer collapse causing the road to be closed for around three months earlier in the year. The project will be completed this week and will […]

Unauthorised discharge costs United Utilities

October 28, 2010

United Utilities have been fined for allowing raw sewage to discharge into the River Mersey. The incident happened earlier this year when a discharge of raw sewage entered the river from an overflow outlet at Macdermott Road, Widnes. Court proceedings took place, with United Utilities admitting liability for the incident and accepting a fine of […]

Bag it not flush it say Scottish Water

October 27, 2010

Lossiemouth residents are being asked to bag sanitary items and baby wipes instead of flushing them into the waste system. The Moray town has suffered a number of floods recently, all caused by problems at the local pumping station. The station, on the east side of the town, has been blocked by people putting items […]

New sewer in Abingdon protects SSSI

October 25, 2010

An £800,000 sewer project has just been completed by Thames Water to protect a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). The installation of a new sewer at Abingdon in Oxfordshire took 13 weeks to complete and replaced a sewer prone to leaks with a new plastic and concrete sewer away from the local nature reserve. […]

United Utilities install playground for Leigh residents

October 22, 2010

United Utilities are going to turn a disused tennis court in the middle of a housing estate in Leigh into a playground, as a thank you to residents who have put up with sewer replacement work over the last few months. In conjunction with Wigan Council, Leigh Town Partnership and Groundwork, United Utilities will build […]

Sewer improvement works in Penketh

October 20, 2010

Sewer improvement works in Penketh are continuing apace, with the latest stage of sewer replacements now under way. The latest stage of the works, which began on Monday, has meant that Tannery Lane, between Newlyn Gardens and Harlyn gardens, has been closed. The work in the areas is expected to take six weeks to complete. […]

New sewer system in Edington is completed

October 18, 2010

A new sewage system in Edington has just been completed by Wessex Water. The new system has seen some 2,300m of pipes added to the network along with a new storm tank so the sewers can cope with excessive rainfall. Previously only 25 properties in the town were connected to the mains sewage system, but […]

Sewer collapses under the A53

September 30, 2010

A sewer has partially collapsed on the busy A53, leaving motorists facing three weeks of delays. The sewer under the A53 at Stockton Brook will have to be excavated by drainage engineers after it was found to be partially collapsed during a CCTV survey. The road had been excavated recently as part of an ongoing […]

Water pipes on the Wirral to be upgraded

September 29, 2010

Work has already started on a £21 million upgrade scheme to give residents on the Wirral cleaner water. United Utilities are going to upgrade trunk main systems across the region and around 40km of piping will be either cleaned or replaced with new plastic pipe. The work has to be done to remove sediment in […]

Brighton’s sewer system highlights the fight the fat campaign

September 28, 2010

Restaurant owners and hoteliers had a chance to see Brighton’s famous sewer system up close and personal recently. As part of Southern Water’s fight the fat campaign, the group were taken on a tour some of the most famous chambers, before emerging through a manhole cover at the Royal Pavilion. The city has 300 miles […]

New flood protection scheme in Choppington

September 27, 2010

The Northumbrian village of Choppington is to receive an upgrade to its sewerage network to alleviate flooding problems. Flood risk will be greatly reduced in Choppington after Northumbria Water announced they are planning to spend £500,000 on a new system. Homes in Farndale Avenue and Percy Gardens will be protected thanks to a new sewer […]

£20 million waste water scheme unveiled by Untied Utilities

September 24, 2010

A £20 million waste water scheme has been unveiled today by United Utilities to help reduce the flood risk in the Lake District town of Keswick. The plans have been available for residents to see at an exhibition at the local Moot Hall. As part of the plans, the quality of water in nearby Bassenthwaite […]

Sewage causes problems for Pilling residents

September 23, 2010

Pilling residents are coming to terms with a flood caused by a collapsed sewer that saw raw sewage floating in their gardens, The problems started last Saturday when heavy rain caused pavements around St John’s Avenue to flood and the sewer could not cope with the extra rainfall. United Utilities are looking at the problem […]

Residents have sewage taken away in tanker

September 22, 2010

Residents in Port Glasgow are currently having their sewage taken away in a tanker after a lump of concrete blocked a section of sewer near the A8. Scottish Water is sending a tanker up to two times a day to pump sewage from flats whilst investigations and discussions take place with Amey, the road maintenance […]

Developer ordered to pay £13,500 after pollution enters water course

September 20, 2010

Drainage companies know the importance of making sure that drainage systems are properly maintained and in a good working condition. If problems occur, the consequences can be disastrous for the homeowner and can also be damaging to the environment. In one case recently, a housing developer was fined over £13,000 for failure to make sure […]

Free ‘fat catching’ device given out by East Riding Council

September 19, 2010

East Riding is giving local residents the chance to hire an eco pack, which could see them slash fuel bills and stop problems with blocked drains. The packs can be hired from the local library and contain items such as a honeycomb kitchen fat collector that can be composted, an electricity usage monitor and a […]

Road closed due to collapsed sewer in Waverton

August 27, 2010

A road in Waverton, Chester has had to be closed because of a sewer collapse. Residents noticed there was a problem when the tarmac on the road began to sink leaving a crater in the road. The road in question, Moor Lane, was visited by the highways department who decided to close the road and […]

Broken sewer causes road closure in Evesham

August 25, 2010

A road in Evesham has remained closed all week after the sewer underneath the road collapsed in three places. Emergency work was started last week on the sewer in School Road after sewage made its way onto the public highway. Because of which, Severn Trent water drain inspection engineers hastily arranged a meeting with the […]

Traffic problems on A34 in Stafford as sewer collapses

August 23, 2010

Motorists are being warned to find an alternative route or expect severe delays on the A34 Queensville in Stafford after a sewer collapsed. The sewer, which runs under the road surface, had been expected to be repaired quickly, but the discovery of a gas main in the same trench has meant work needed to be […]

Sewer collapse causes problems on the South Circular

August 22, 2010

Part of the South Circular in London is to remain closed for a further week at least, after emergency repairs are made to part of the sewer system. The sewerage system that is beneath London Road in Forest Hill collapsed last Friday and needs to be rebuilt. Diversions are in place around the work which […]