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Report - Rank 1 CSO, Manchester - September 2011.

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Ojay, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Ojay

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    Rank 1 CSO, Manchester

    The title says it all really, the place was Rank!

    It's been a week since I did this, and boy did it make me sick :(


    An un-assuming concrete outfall is hidden amongst the densely overgrown foliage, what looks to have once been a grille covering the narrow overflow has since been pikey'd

    Crawling up the overflow, as it was barely 3ft, I could both smell & hear the sewer in the distance

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    Along the way I spotted a few nuts/bolts & washers, and as I suspected the pikey's have been in here filling their boots with stainless steel

    The crawl wasn't pleasant, which with hindsight should have been a sign for what was to come..


    The overflow joined up with a split-level CSO chamber, with a barrier seperating the sewer running behind

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    Further evidence that the metal thieves had been at work, as the various ladders which once led to the sewer below and the chamber above had been yoinked

    I climbed accross some of the remaining metal work to reach the upper section of the chamber, which was about 20 ft in length by 10 ft wide

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    Despite the CSO not having overflowed for a while, everything was caked in fatty deposits and an unknown brown slime, I very nearly slipped into the sewer below at one point :eek:

    The air quality wasn't great, infact I'm still feeling quite ill at the time of writing this over a week later

    As I turned my camera back on to grab a few more pics, it decided to throw it's hand in, after a bit of faffing about I did manage a few more before it packed up and I decided to GTFO


    Here, the trunk sewer flows from left to right below the overflow

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    It then flows down this weir

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    Before carrying on downstream through two large rectangular channels

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