In Pictures: London's First Super Sewer Opens

By Londonist Staff Last edited 27 months ago
In Pictures: London's First Super Sewer Opens

The Lee Tunnel — the first of two London 'super sewers' — was opened today by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Joseph Bazalgette's Victorian sewers continue to serve the city but are now struggling to cope; a shocking 39 million tonnes of untreated sewage mixed with rainwater is discharged into the Thames every year.

The Lee Tunnel — at 75 metres, the deepest tunnel in London — will capture polluting sewage, keeping it out of the Thames and making it cleaner.

A second super sewer — the Thames Tideway Tunnel — is under construction, and due for completion in 2023.

Last Updated 28 January 2016

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Melvyn Windebank

Should have thrown a bucket of its future contents over Boris ....

Rob Smith

Great news - that should improve the water quality in the Lower Lea, and reduce sewage discharges from the Lea into the Thames - all part of cleaning up our lovely historic river

Fred Smith

I was wondering how you 'open' a sewer. Thanks for the explanatory photo at the end.

Brian Hobbs

Boris- that's brilliant - make sure you use the loo brush every day and keep it gleaming!