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The Challenges Facing London’s Drainage System – And How You Can Help

The Challenges Facing London’s Drainage System – And How You Can Help

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London’s sewage system is renowned for being one of the best in the world. Established in the Victorian Era, it consists of a vast network of drainage pipes and tunnels. Over the past few decades, many changes to the population and habits of Londoners have put considerable strain on these systems.

With the population of London growing steadily, the drainage system is coming under immense pressure. Climate change is also presenting new challenges to the drainage system.

It’s more important than ever that every Londoner does their bit to ensure that the drainage system can cope with the demand. Here are a few ways you can help.

Know What You Can’t Throw Down The Toilet

A large part of the strain on the London drainage system comes from people discarding items down the toilet that should go in the bin. Flushing the wrong things down the toilet can have dire consequences for your own drains, as well as the broader drainage system.

Sanitary items, wet wipes, tissues and nappies should never, ever go down the toilet. Ideally, the only things that should go into the toilet are toilet paper and human waste. Anything else can cause a significant blockage as they are harder to break down. Even very thick luxury toilet paper should be avoided.

Keep Your Gardens Green

Almost a quarter of London is made up of garden space. Many people are choosing to pave over their gardens as a way of reducing the maintenance of a traditional garden. This has the unfortunate side effect of meaning that groundwater has less chance of being be absorbed by soil and instead drains into the sewer system.

Having a garden with grass and plants is a great way to help combat the overuse of the drainage system in London. If this will be too high maintenance for you, gravel is far better than paving slabs for allowing water to reach the soil below. Not only this but a living, green garden is a great way to tackle air pollution and has been proved to be beneficial to mood and mental health.

Maintain Your Drains

If you discover an issue with your drains, you must have it fixed as soon as possible. This benefits not just you but also the wider drainage system. Essentially nipping any problems in the bud can do a lot to help ease the strain on the sewage system.

A good routine of drain maintenance will help you to prevent any larger issues down the line. A blockage in your private home can move on to the broader sewer system and result in a much bigger problem. It is crucial that everyone does their part to keep their own drains clear.

If you do spot a problem, you must use the services of an expert, professional company. Drain Detectives are a great company that provide excellent services to London and the surrounding areas. Using a reputable company is key to ensuring that you get the peace of mind of knowing that your drains are in the best condition possible.

Go Green

Climate change is a significant cause of the excess water that is putting a strain on London’s drainage system. Incorporating green and sustainability practices into your daily life is key to reducing the impact that pollution is having on the planet – and thereby working to ease the strain on London’s drains.

You can go green in any number of ways. Using public transport is one great way and investing in an electric car over a traditional petrol or diesel car is another excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint. Recycling and composting is another great way to be sustainable in your everyday life.

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Check For Funding And Guidance

The government is considering funding a lot of grants for individual Londoners that want to try to reduce their impact on the drainage system. It is a great idea to keep an eye on any developments in this area.

There are already many guides on how to live a greener life in London. You can find guides on re-using rainwater and reducing wastewater for a great way to reduce your impact on the London drainage systems.

Consider Moving Away

Overpopulation is one of the leading causes of strain on the London drainage system. With remote working more achievable than ever thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, it could be just the right time to consider a move to another part of the country.

London’s drainage system wasn’t built with the population that London currently has in mind. Therefore moving away can be the best way to help ease the burden on the sewers. This will not be viable for many people, of course, but it is definitely worth considering.


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