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Offline stuartwaters

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Re: Water Supply and Sewage?
« Reply #21 on: October 07, 2020, 08:29:12 PM »
Waste from roadside rainwater gullies is unfortunately not easy to dispose of. Because it's come off the road, it will be contaminated with oil, so needs to be disposed of properly at a site which can separate out the oil. Facilities which accept this kind of waste are FM Conway in Dartford or CSG in Aylesford.


Sewage from sewer cleans is usually taken to the same places that the cess-pool tankers go, to any one of a number of sewage treatment works. The waste is pumped through a logger which measures the amount of waste you're putting through it. This waste then goes into the works with the normal sewage and is processed.


Sewage Works which take cess-pool waste in the Medway Area are:


Whitewall Creek Works
Ham Hill Works
Aylesford Works.


Other places I go to discharge through cess loggers in Kent are: Tonbridge, Ashford, Canterbury, Wetherlees Hill (between Ramsgate and Sandwich) and New Romney.


For a Pump Station clean, the situation is a little more complex, because pumping stations usually have a large fatberg floating in them. Because the "rag" element of the fatberg will block up a logger, this usually has to go to a specialist facility. Two I use regularly are CFS in Hoo (Kingsnorth Industrial Estate) and RWR (Stratford in East London).


Because the truck I'm on can recycle sewage and re-use it for high pressure drain jetting, excess water just gets put back into the sewer when the job is finished. When cleaning a pump station, it's standard practice to put the water back into the wet well, where the sewage goes and is held before it's pumped, either to the next pump station in the chain or to the nearest sewage works.
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Re: Water Supply and Sewage?
« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2020, 02:56:26 PM »
Back in the days before these large water authorities, Supply & Sewage was undertaken by the local councils. I imagine the artesian water supply down in the valley at Luton would have supplied the whole of the Medway towns. My Dad was an apprentice to a firm of artesian well borers in Chatham High Street in 1911- their HQ was in Woolwich I believe. Does anyone know whether it was a private co. or owned jointly by Rochester, Chatham & Gillingham Councils. I seem to remember sewage works in different parts of the towns. And the forerunners of Stuart's " goliath"- but not castle's horse & cart- were dark green tankers,  with council name on the side & swinging arm with rubber sleeve that went down the roadside drains to empty the sump. I suppose it was relatively clean rainwater, so easy to dispose of. I'm sure Stuart can enlighten us on the disposal "tanks"? that get rid, or store, " nasties"? I think it would make interesting reading to the layman. We take so much for granted.   

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Re: Water Supply and Sewage?
« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2020, 09:17:24 PM »
I'm based at the Medway depot and have one of the brand new Scania supersuckers, a 6-wheeler. Brilliant piece of kit. And no, I don't wear a tricorn hat, carry a brace of pistols or wave a dagger  ;D


That's a shame. I'll have to check our merch catalogues to see if I can get you a Scania hi-viz safety tricorn hat with reflective eye patch and bandana. Protective, eye-catching AND stylish...... ;D


If you can get them in hi-viz orange, that'd be great  ;D
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Re: Water Supply and Sewage?
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2020, 07:21:23 PM »
I'm based at the Medway depot and have one of the brand new Scania supersuckers, a 6-wheeler. Brilliant piece of kit. And no, I don't wear a tricorn hat, carry a brace of pistols or wave a dagger  ;D


That's a shame. I'll have to check our merch catalogues to see if I can get you a Scania hi-viz safety tricorn hat with reflective eye patch and bandana. Protective, eye-catching AND stylish...... ;D

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Re: Water Supply and Sewage?
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2020, 10:32:20 PM »
When you've been cleaning out sewers, have you ever disturbed any bilgerats? ;)

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Re: Water Supply and Sewage?
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2020, 09:18:58 PM »
I'm based at the Medway depot and have one of the brand new Scania supersuckers, a 6-wheeler. Brilliant piece of kit. And no, I don't wear a tricorn hat, carry a brace of pistols or wave a dagger  ;D
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« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2020, 04:38:15 PM »
See https://www.kenthistoryforum.com/index.php?topic=438.msg3783#msg3783 where pumping air or water into No 2 basin is discussed.

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« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2020, 04:08:52 PM »
Thinking about sewer systems,wich I was not till I read the titilating story of things underground below.wonder how many among our learned brethren are aware of the extensive sewer and water systems that lay below the old dockyard,all of the dry dock facilities had tunnel fed pumping systems ,obviously to empty same,the old saw mills had a system to facilitate the movment of bulk timber
Allso the mast pond had an underground system,plus a domestic system built during the construction of the yard,wonder if thay just been abandoned or are still in use today.i know one system emptying  directly into the Medway had a large iron tidal door fitted,probably all filled in and sealed now.

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« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2020, 03:41:29 PM »
This happened sometime between 2006 and 2008. Sorry I can't be more specific, I used to be at a different depot every week and you know how the days/months/years all blur into one! As my work now takes me to the big yellow tanker depot in Medway and to the one in Ashford, I'll keep an eye out for you. You'll be easy to spot if you look like your avatar....  ;D


Lyn L - your comment made me chuckle, but as the pork pies were unwrapped I'm guessing that the doll was vegetarian!

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« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2020, 03:27:24 PM »
Did they put the pork pies down for the baby doll to eat  ..... Sorry couldn't resist  8) x It's OK I'll log off now  byeee


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Re: Water Supply and Sewage?
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2020, 03:23:55 PM »
How long ago was that? I work on the yellow supersuckers, but don't remember that job. If anyone was out and about in the Tonbridge High Street area in the evenings a few weeks ago, I was on that job. Similar problem, concrete in the sewer.
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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2020, 03:19:58 PM »
When I used to work at a food distribution centre in Snodland, we had a terrible problem with the sewers in the VMU (Vehicle Maintenance Unit) and the smell was unbearable. When the engineers turned up in the big SuperSucker lorry (from the yellow tanker services company - could it have been Stuart?) they discovered the main sewer blocked with a large lump of concrete, a family-sized pack of 12 pork pies (still in their wrapper) and one of those dolls that look like a baby!

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Re: Water Supply and Sewage?
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2020, 03:17:50 PM »
Stuart.... I have to ask as I keep wondering if Waters is your surname or just used because of your job?



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Re: Water Supply and Sewage?
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2020, 11:57:29 AM »
That could make it --- Stew It Waters. ( if you say it quick) -- vvvrrrrooooooooooommm ) boom boom
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Re: Water Supply and Sewage?
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2020, 09:20:00 AM »
Stuart.... I have to ask as I keep wondering if Waters is your surname or just used because of your job?


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