Our very own Stuart Slevin, Executive Chef at The Fish Factory was invited by Southern Water to visit the victorian sewers in Brighton. Stuart was guided through 400 yards of the 30 miles of sewers, starting at the Palace Pier and emerging through a manhole in the middle of Old Steine Gardens. Southern Water’s famous sewer tours are unique. There is no other place in Britain where members of the public can walk through the labyrinth of tunnels beneath their towns, learning secrets from 150 years ago.
Stuart said after his visit:
“Having travelled 400 yards through the depths of Brighton and looking for myself first hand at all the damage done by all the rubbish flushed into the drains every day, I recommend that everyone should go and have a look just to see what really goes on when we all flush a little oil down our sinks without thinking of the consequences“.
About 75% of all sewer blockages are caused by people putting things they should not down our sinks, drains and toilets. Even vegetable oil and nut oils become solid after time which causes blockages which can lead to flooding in your own street, town or home. We can all do our little bit to help by not flushing oil down our sinks and drains and items down our toilets. This can also cause problems for the people who work underground in our drains as most of the items will, in time, rope together and become like a net which can trap the men and women working underground and in some cases, drown them if left untreated.
How can you help? Southern Water are providing free of charge fat trap boxes we can all use to help prevent the blocking of drains and they even say that if you put nuts into the traps we could use it after to feed the birds in the winter! Please visit this link to find out more about how you can get your fat trap box www.southernwater.co.uk/bagitbinit.
If you want to find out more about Stuart’s visit then pop into The Fish Factory Worthing or give Stuart a call on 01903 207123. If you do decide to visit the victorian sewers in Brighton yourself then let us know what you think of the tour by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.