Ultra high powered jet clearing fat

Anglian Water has used an ultra high powered jet mounted on a remote controlled robot to clear a pipe in Houghton Regis in Bedfordshire. 

The job, which has taken several days, was needed after pipe became clogged with fat which stuck to the inside of the sewer.

The machine, which was supplied by Anglian Water’s partners Draincare, was brought to the UK from Holland where it is based. It is the first time the company has used the technology and it is part of an ongoing battle against blockages in the region’s pipes.

Nik Shelton, Anglian Water spokesperson, said: “This pipe has been an ongoing problem for us and there have been flooding incidents in the area as a result. When fat gets poured down plugholes it congeals and sticks to the sewers creating blockages.

“We have used our own jetting equipment many times to clear this pipe, but now some of the fat has hardened meaning we needed to bring this ultra high powered jet in to clear it.

“We hope that our customers will see this and understand the problems fats in our sewer system cause. If you have any left over grease or fat from cooking, our advice is to allow it to cool and solidify before scraping it into your bin or recycling caddy.”

There are more than 30,000 sewer blockages a year in East Anglia - 80% of which are caused by wipes and fats. This adds £15million a year on to customers’ bills.

Around 20,000 tonnes of fats and oils find their way into our region’s sewers each year – this is equivalent to eight Olympic sized swimming pools full of fat.