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COULD HUMAN WASTE EVEN BE USED FOR ROCKET FUEL?

Recently we informed you that Severn Trent Water were the first sewage company to use ‘poo power’ to fuel homes in the UK.

Well, in recent sewage news, a group of researchers from the University of Florida in the US have revealed that human waste can also be used for rocket fuel. Human waste has long been a problem for spaceflight, so to combat this, NASA asked the University of Florida to come up with a way of turning the human waste problem into something useful.

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NINE STONE EX-POLICE DOG TACKLING LONDON’S FATBERG PROBLEM

A former police dog has stepped out of his retirement to help tackle London’s ever-increasing fatberg problem.

Hector, a nine-stone bloodhound, now uses his sharp sense of smell to help identify some of the city’s estimated 17,000 blockages each year. These are typically caused by fat, grease and oil, and annually cost Thames Water a staggering £1 million to clear.

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COLUS TAKE ON NEW VANS FOR CONTINUED CONTRACT WITH KIER MG

In recent company news, Colus have taken on six new vans for their continued contract for Kier MG in the Severn Trent Water region. The vans are six brand new Mercedes Sprinters which have been fully kitted out with built-in welfare facilities, which incorporates the crew’s Health & Safety equipment and PPE. Along with this, the vans come with cleaning facilities, a microwave and a kettle to sustain the crew on their projects!

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HOMES IN THE UK HEATED BY ‘POO POWER’ FOR THE FIRST TIME

Severn Trent Water has claimed to be the first sewage company to begin using ‘poo power’ to provide gas for heating and cooking to the National Grid.

The gas, called biomethane, is produced by breaking down sludge from sewage treatment plants. According to reports, other water companies are interested in using this process to supply homes.

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HOW CAN THE UK BE PROTECTED FROM FLOODING?

The large-scale flooding in the South of England last year reminded us all of how serious and life-threatening flood damage can be. At the time most of the blame regarding the flooding was based on a lack of, or limited dredging.

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SUMMER FLOODS SHOW DRAINAGE ISN’T BETTER IN PARTS OF THE UK

40 percent of drivers think that the road drainage during the torrential storms in this summer’s heatwave is no better than it was during the winter floods.

According to reports, almost 10% said that the drainage was actually worse now than during the continuous rain that flooded most of south Britain in late 2013.

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FACTS ABOUT THE COST OF FLOODING

In recent times, the United Kingdom has been battered by flooding, causing many of us to complain about the inadequate level of flood protection in our town and cities. Yet, for the authorities involved, meeting the demands of the public will certainly prove a challenge logistically, and especially financially.

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MAN-MADE DRAINAGE COULD CAUSE FLOODING

New scientific research has shown that the installation of man-made drainage systems has the potential to raise the risk of flooding. Published in the recent Journal of Hydrology, the research shows that storms drains result in higher peak flows with quicker rises and recessions, which is why drains are more likely to flood.

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DRAIN REPAIRS

Colus are leading experts in drain repairs across the UK, regardless of your location. With the ability to attend to your problems quickly time and time again from our multiple depot locations, you will never have to wait a long time for an engineer to come and diagnose, then fix, your problem.

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BODY FOUND IN CULVERT

The body of a man was found by a construction worker in a concrete drainage culvert in a Barker-Cypress, a suburb of Houston, Texas in the United States on 17 May. Just before 3am local time, deputy sheriffs were dispatched to the scene, where they found the body of a Hispanic male floating with his face down in the water.

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