Suggestion that Thames super sewer is not needed is 'deeply misguided'
Thames Tideway Tunnel CEO Andrew Mitchell has refuted a suggestion that the £4.2bn sewer is not needed. In a letter published recently in The Guardian, Mitchell said such a suggestion "is deeply misguided".
Mitchell was responding to an article published in The Guardian on November 27 that questioned whether the sewer "merits taxpayer support". The article quotes Professor Chris Binnie, who led a study group recommending that the tunnel be built, as saying: "The tunnel will do what it says it will do. But it is almost certainly a stupendous waste of money for very limited benefit."
In his letter, Mitchell said: "The fundamental problem is that London's Victorian sewerage system, whilst still in very good condition, now lacks the capacity to meet the needs of an ever-growing population. Last year 55 million tonnes of sewage discharged into the tidal River Thames. 'A few minor works' could not solve that."
He continued: "The reality is that the capital needs both the tunnel and sustainable drainage systems. It is not an either or choice, as other world cities such as Washington DC are already demonstrating. The critical point is that a fit-for-purpose sewerage network is essential for the city's prosperity and well-being."
- Tunnel Boring Machine Charlotte completes connection tunnel drive Tunnelling machine Charlotte has completed its journey to Fulham, finishing a vital connection tunnel beneath the River... Read More >
- Super sewer hits the halfway mark Tunnelling on the Thames Tideway sewer has reached the halfway mark. Read More >
- Sustainable drainage system cleans up stretch of M56 A sustainable drainage system, which can protect water from toxic metals, has been installed on a busy stretch of the M56... Read More >
- Rewarding excellence WWT content director Alec Peachey looks ahead to next year's Water Industry Awards. Read More >
- Getting to the heart of sewer repair Wessex Water's award-winning Re-Rounder, inspired by heart surgery techniques, helps get deformed sewer networks back into... Read More >
- Through the keyhole: The King's Scholars' Pond project The use of keyhole engineering on Thames Water's King's Scholars' Pond project saved money and carbon while keeping London... Read More >
- Flushed with success: FOG and Unflushables Southern Water's FOG and Unflushables programme has brought a significant improvement in the state of its sewers. Robin... Read More >
- Will SfA8 make as big a splash as hoped? Martin Lambley, product manager for stormwater management at Wavin, looks at whether Sewers for Adoption 8 will meet... Read More >