Anglian drafts in Dutch UHP jetting kit to tackle sewer fat
Anglian Water has brought in ultra-high powered (UHP) jetting equipment from the Netherlands to tackle a pipe that had become clogged with fat in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire.
Supplied by Anglian Water’s partner, Draincare, the UHP jet is mounted on a remote controlled robot. It is the first time the water utility has used the technology, and it is part of an ongoing battle against blockages in the region’s pipes.
Nik Shelton, Anglian Water spokesperson, said: “This pipe has been an ongoing problem for us and there have been flooding incidents in the area as a result. When fat gets poured down plugholes it congeals and sticks to the sewers creating blockages.We have used our own jetting equipment many times to clear this pipe, but now some of the fat has hardened meaning we needed to bring this ultra-high powered jet in to clear it.
“We hope that our customers will see this and understand the problems fats in our sewer system cause. If you have any left-over grease or fat from cooking, our advice is to allow it to cool and solidify before scraping it into your bin or recycling caddy.”
There are more than 30,000 sewer blockages a year in East Anglia, adding £15M a year to customers’ bills.Around 80% of the blockages are caused by wipes and fats.
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