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History of London Sewerage System

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History of The London Sewers

The River Thames prior to the 20th century was an open sewer. This caused several safety / smell issues for the locals, including the great stink of 1858 during which the summer heat met the untreated human waste stench. This made local authorities finally realise the severity of the smell, and fear its possible effects, thankfully prompting them to take action.


Civil engineer and Chief Engineer of the Metropolitan Board of Works, Joseph Bazalgette was given responsibility for the work. He along with his colleagues subsequently designed an extensive underground sewerage system that diverted waste to the Thames Estuary, downstream of the main centre of population.

The system they built worked much more efficiently, in fact during the 20th century, even more major improvements were made to the sewerage system and to the sewage treatment provision to significantly reduce pollution of the Thames Estuary and the North Sea, making it an even more efficient system.




Blocked Drain Services in London

We provide a wide range of drainage services in London, including, but not limited to:

  • Burst pipes.
  • Leaking pipes.
  • Blocked toilets and sinks.
  • Cold water storage tanks.
  • Feed and expansion tanks.
  • Domestic and commercial drain clearance.
  • CCTV drain surveys
  • Drain re-lining
  • Drain installations
  • Emergency plumbing services
  • Overhaul of siphons, cisterns, ball cocks, ball-o-fix, and gate valves.
  • Domestic and commercial drain clearance.

Have a Blocked Drain ? Contact J Snow Drainage London today!

Call us on 0207 125 0295 or 0800 335 7113 to get a free quotation.

Affordable Drain Repairs

J Snow Drainage London always seek to offer an affordable drains service. We understand that drainage issues aren’t something that are usually planned for within most budgets. We also offer a special 10% discount for senior members of the community, as well as clients with disabilities.

Our Company Guarantee

We offer more than a ‘quick fix’ for a drain repair, so all of our work comes with a guarantee that lasts a decade. We also have full public liability insurance of up to £5 million. All of this is to offer you the peace of mind that we provide the very best drain services.


J Snow Drainage London

Contact us today to discuss your drain enquiry and the team at J Snow Drainage London will get straight back to you.