News Briefs: London Celebrates Completion of Super Sewer

Also in this week's sewer and water news, divers give a Pennsylvania water treatment plant a deep clean

News Briefs: London Celebrates Completion of Super Sewer

London's historic fight against sewage overflows in the River Thames is finally over. The Thames Tideway Tunnel, a massive 16-mile long sewer, is complete after eight years of construction. This £5 billion project will divert sewage overflows from the Thames, significantly improving river cleanliness.

The tunnel acts as a giant storage unit, collecting excess sewage during heavy rain and transporting it for proper treatment. This is a major win for the city's growing population, which had strained the existing Victorian-era sewage system.

Divers to Give Pennsylvania Water Plant Deep Clean

Tarentum, Pennsylvania, is commissioning divers to give its water treatment plant a thorough inspection and cleaning. The divers will be submerged in the clear well to remove sediment, check for cracks and ensure efficient drainage. 

The cleaning process prioritizes safety, with divers using specialized equipment and disinfectants to prevent contamination. Water samples will be tested afterwards to guarantee quality.

Kentucky Professor Transforms WWTPs into Fish Hatcheries

Steve Mims, a former Kentucky State University professor, has been pioneering the field of aquaculture by transforming decommissioned wastewater treatment plants into thriving fish hatcheries. 

Since retiring from three decades of research, Mims has focused on raising paddlefish and other species at the former Midway plant, now the base for his business, ASAP Fish. Read more about it here.


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