Episode Info

This episode showcases the battle against time, as United Utilities deal with the ageing water grid. In Blackpool, Andy and Terry deal with an ancient collapsed sewer which has caused a pavement to subside before tackling a rather pungent blocked sewer. A 40 year-old water main in Cheshire bursts leaving two thousand irate villagers without water. Meanwhile in Rochdale, waste water team Adrian and Wes investigate a blocked Victorian sewer which is overflowing onto a main road. However it is a learning curve for some as the aqueduct which supplies Manchester's water supply is turned off for the first time in 60 years to check for repairs. It is a jaw dropping thought that the 4000 men who originally built the tunnel had none of the technology team have nowadays, a testament to the skill and engineering we still rely upon today.