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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 […]

Simple drain clearing steps

October 26, 2010

Drainage issues are normally simple to solve if you have the right equipment and the knowhow. However, if you have noticed that your sink is draining slower than usual or the water in your toilet takes longer to be taken away when you flush, it could be indicative of a problem worsening and prompt action […]

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 […]

FAQ: CCTV surveys and liner repair

October 21, 2010

How does a CCTV Drain Survey Help? Many people don’t realise that they have a drainage issue until they have a flood or until they notice a strange smell. Fortunately, both these things can be looked at by drainage experts who will be able to diagnose the problem and offer a suitable solution. Because the […]

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 sewers in Alsager

October 19, 2010

Work including the installation of a new sewer in Alsager has just been completed by United Utilities. It is hoped that the new sewer system and the installation of an underground water storage tank by drainage contractors will protect homes by preventing flooding on Barrett Road, Linley Grove and Linley Road. The installation of the […]

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 […]

Drain lining and excavation

September 21, 2010

If you have a blocked drain, drain inspection works will need to be undertaken to find the cause of the blockage. Drains can be blocked by a number of different things, from incorrect items being put into the drainage system, to roots which find their way into the drain and cause a blockage. During a […]

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 […]

Drain inspection CCTV surveys

August 30, 2010

There can be many causes of a blocked drain. But while drain jetting may remove a blockage it is usually impossible to find out what caused the blockage unless a CCTV survey is carried out. A CCTV survey is the only definitive way a drain inspection company will be able to determine the cause of […]

Stop blocked drains (Part 2)

August 29, 2010

In the last article we discussed the common ways drains can be blocked by putting incorrect substances into your kitchen sink. Here we will discuss what can and cannot be put into the drainage/sewer system from the bathroom. Nappies and sanitary wear Many people think that it is ok to put sanitary wear and nappies […]

Stop blocked drains (Part 1)

August 28, 2010

If you have a blocked drain, the consequences can be nothing more than devastating for the homeowner, in some cases waste water can actually flood into your home. However, most of the blockages that occur in your drainage pipes at home can be avoided by being careful about what you put into your drainage system […]

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 […]

Root intrusion in drainage pipes

August 26, 2010

One of the most common causes of drain blockages is root intrusion. The roots from trees and plants in your garden often find their way into the drainage pipe that leads from your home to the public sewer in their quest for an easy source of water. And because some of the drainage pipes that […]

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 […]

How can I stop my drains becoming blocked?

August 24, 2010

Most of us have had to deal with a blocked sink or toilet at some time in our lives. Most of the time the blockage can be removed easily and the waste water can flow freely again. However, on the occasion that the drain cannot be unblocked, what can you do? If you have attempted […]

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 […]

Drain jetting and liner repair

August 21, 2010

Blocked drains need prompt attention to stop the problem worsening. A blocked drain can stop the waste water from your home reaching the public sewer, meaning that the waste may flood into your garden or in the worst cases, into your home. A professional drain cleaning engineer can assess your drain blockage and offer a […]

Manchester Airport below ground drains survey

June 11, 2010

The Drainage Consultants were approached and asked to submit a price for the clean and survey of the below ground drainage system at Manchester Airport. As part of this project, it was necessary to identify interceptors. After quoting, the Drainage Consultants were considered the best for the job and will begin work in a few […]

Clean and survey on industrial site in Dukinfield

June 11, 2010

The Drainage Consultants were recently hired to carry out a clean and survey of drains on an industrial site in Dukinfield. The job involved cleaning the system with high pressure water jets before examining the pipework via CCTV. This is a fairly typical way of starting a job, the aim of which is to maintain […]

Solve root intrusion in your drainage system

June 10, 2010

Drain blockages can be caused by many different things. But one of the most common reasons for blocked drains is root intrusion into the pipe. Roots from surrounding trees and plants can find their way into the drainage system near your home and can not only block the waste pipe network; but also cause serious […]

Use a drain maintenance contract to protect your business

June 9, 2010

If you are the owner or manager of a large industrial or commercial facility, you will need to make sure that the waste water systems you have on site are maintained and are always in good working order. The large number of people you may have on site mean that disruptions to the drainage system […]