Thames Tideway Tunnel
For regular readers of this blog, you are probably more than aware of The Thames Tideway Tunnel, (big fan of engineers)…The latest news is that the £4.3 million pound contract for the Thames Tideway Tunnel has successfully completed, according to Energy Live News.
The Governments Legal Department or the GLD said that this milestone brings the UK “a significant step closer” to modernising London’s Victorian sewerage system. This follows five years of negotiations by lawyers at the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs “through many obstacles that threatened the project”.
Great news for people who live in and around the Thames, as it is reported that the so called “super sewer” should stop millions of tonnes of sewage that currently overflow into the Thames every year.
As reported in previous blogs, the project is now said, not to put more than £25 extra a year to water and sewerage bills by the middle of the next decade compared to previous forecasts of up to £80.
The Tunnel is expected to tackle the problem of the overflows from the capital’s Victorian sewers for at least the next 100 years, and enable the UK to meet European environmental standards. (Source, The Tideway Tunnel). Construction of the tunnel is expected to start next year and take seven years to complete…
Thames Water Continued
Thames Tidefest September 20th 2015
Thames Tidefest the new River Thames Event, took place for the first time last year. The event was held on World Rivers Day to highlight the importance of the Thames to Londoners. This year, however, it will be held at Strand on the Green, Chiswick, on the 20th of September.
Tidefest is part of the month long Totally Thames Tunnel Now Coalition, Thames Tideway Tunnel and Thames Water, phew try saying that out loud!
Who will be there? Wildlife organisations, river and environmental groups and community associations. Brentford and Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury (Lab) and Twickenham MP DR Tania Mathias (C0N), have both been invited, they will be helping out with activities on offer and of course the mandatory prize giving.
Should be a great event and not something to miss, (lucky Londoners)…
A Grandmother from Leeds completes a charity skydive at the age of 74.
Meryl Knapp a retired scientist leapt 1,000 feet from a plane in aid of the charity WaterAid. Mary is a WaterAid volunteer campaigner and began working with them whilst working as a water quality scientist at Yorkshire Water.
Yorkshire Water has been supporting WaterAid in their mission to transform lives with access to clean water and safe toilets, and improve hygiene practices in the world’s poorest communities.
Yorkshire Water and WaterAid launched a new five-year partnership in 2013 as part of their Safe Water vision. Their aim is to raise £1 million to support the delivery of clean water and safe toilets to 130,000 people in Ethiopia. Yorkshire Water has encouraged its employees, customers and business partners to get involved through events, including Kelda 24 Peaks, cake baking, quiz nights and of course the annual 10k run, competing around one of Yorkshire Water’s beautiful reservoirs. Sounds like a lot of fun and without being too cheesy, life changing for the Ethiopian people.