By now, you have probably heard about the latest project of London The Future of London Sewerage Systems, The Thames Tideway Tunnel; but the question everyone is asking is what exactly is it? Well, you’re in luck as that is what we will be discussing here.
The Thames Tideway Tunnel is the solution that Bazalgette Tunnel Ltd came up with to overcome the excess overflows that the current London sewerage system has. The proposed design of the tunnel is that it will be 25 km long and 65 meters deep; it will run from Acton Storm Tanks, under the tidal section of the Thames, through central London and make its way to the Abbey Mills pumping station.
Most modern-day drainage systems have been inspired or influenced by the complex system that Ancient Romans used to use. Romans had ‘latrines’ composed of a wooden board with holes cut out to act as a toilet seat; below these ‘latrines’ was a giant trench with water that, when flushed, ran to a central channel to the main sewers; these then discharged to a nearby river or stream.