You don’t often get amusing stories in the New Civil Engineer magazine, normally all of the articles just waffle on about “sustainability”. Apparently however this week, “Academics call for action after bra destroys sewer pipe causing road to collapse”.
You can read about it on the BBC News website – it includes a very fetching photo of the undergarments covered in… sewage I guess.
My favourite comment is from the engineering magazine however, it was a spokeswoman from Northumbrian Water who came up with the quote I used as the title.
According to a local newspaper somewhere further up north, “Dirty water and excrement flowed down Middleton Lane, in Middleton St George, near Darlington, and into people’s homes”. Local councillors are blaiming the water company for the burst – probably because they haven’t got anything better to moan about. “The main problem is the sewers just can’t cope – they really are antiquated.” said Councillor Doris Jones, demonstraiting to the whole world her knowledge of sewer design. Maybe she should go down to London to see Bazalgette’s victorian sewer system and then stop making statements that have no technical merit.