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Fat Fighters Tackle Peterborough’s Sewers

Posted: Wednesday 9th May 2012

A major project to clear badly clogged sewers caused by fat has been completed in Peterborough.

The A15, a major through road in the city, was closed from Saturday evening on January 28 until Monday morning of January 30, to allow the Industrial Water Jetting Systems (IWJS) team to clear the city sewer of over 250 tonnes of fat, rags and silt.

The cleaning operation for Anglian Water was hazardous, due to the sewer layout and its location under the busy A15. The timing of the operation over a weekend was designed to minimise traffic disruption.

One Flexline Combination Unit, two Recyclers, two CCTV surveying vans and one Bobcat Unit were used over the 36-hour period. Experienced IWJS crews worked in shifts around the clock. The work was part of a 12-week programme to clear the sewer system under Lincoln Road, from the city centre up as afar as Mountsteven Avenue.

Anglian Water operates a ‘Keep It Clear’ scheme to inform businesses and homeowners about the consequences of putting fat and other unsuitable items down drains and toilets.

In Peterborough city centre blockages have fallen by more than 60 per cent since the scheme was introduced, but there are still parts of the underground system badly clogged.

“This is where IWJS steps in to return the sewers to prime working condition,” said Ivan Clarke, Depot Manager at IWJS Woolpit in Suffolk.

“Detailed advanced planning of the work with Anglian Water worked well to minimise the road closure. We managed to complete the job ahead of target and that is a credit to our staff who worked hard over the weekend.”

IWJS group operates three trading companies in the water and drainage services sector, IWJS Limited, DSS Environmental Limited and Aquajet GB Limited.

With more than 35 year’s of continuous trading experience, the three companies are trusted contractors to the water utilities, infrastructure groups, industrial companies, commercial concerns and domestic users. The group has over 300 staff and operates from locations across the country on a 24/7 basis.

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