London’s Fast Food Fat: A response from Thames Water

Sewer Fat

Thames Water
Customer Relations
Customer Services
P.O. Box 436
SN38 1TU

Telephone: 08457 200897
Fax: 01793 424291

20 October 2010

Our Ref:  692400

What happens to the fat from London’s sewers
Dear Mr Hollier

Thank you for your recent email.

I have discussed your enquiry with our Pollution Control Team.  They have
confirmed we do not
routinely record the tonnage of fat removed from the sewers across our
region.  However, we do try to
ensure that there is as little build up of fat as possible.  We do this to
maintain the free flow of our

Our usual method for keeping the sewers clear is high pressure jetting.
This is carried out by
specialist contractors.

We believe a large proportion of the fat and grease incorrectly disposed of
in our sewers comes from
food service establishments.  These will include fast food restaurants.

We are aware that fat and grease disposal practices vary widely between
different companies.  To
address this we do encourage restaurants to install fat traps.  I am
pleased to confirm a number of
restaurants in the Thames Valley do have fat traps installed.

As a further step to prevent the incorrect disposal of fat and grease into
our sewers, we make visits to
restaurants.  The purpose of these visits is to provide advice and guidance
on the correct way to
dispose of fat and oil.

I hope my reply has gone some way to answer your enquiry.  If you have any
further questions please
contact us on 0845 9200800.

Yours sincerely

Paul Mundy
Customer Relations


About stevehollier

Steve Hollier is the editor of AZ Magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine based in Baku, Azerbaijan. He began his career working for a firm of stockbrokers in the City of London then went on to attend the University of Essex where he was awarded an MA in Sociology in 1984. After a career in arts and cultural development work, he became a freelance arts consultant, writer and photographer.
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One Response to London’s Fast Food Fat: A response from Thames Water

  1. Julia Hawkes-Moore says:

    Oh yuk yuk yuk. What I like about it least, is that it has no innate sculptural forms, termites do a much better job with creating piles of art. Still, they could always enter it for the next Turner Prize, and it would win. The details of the limp plastic bag and trailing condoms are highpoints.

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