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August 07, 2007

London 2012 Olympics | Its a dirty job but someone has to do it

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London 2012 | It's a dirty job - but someone has to do it

Or to put it another way, where there's muck, there's brass! Here is the latest tender invitation fro the Olympic Delivery Authority:

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) invites expressions of interest for Primary sewer and pumping station contracts. The scope of the contract is for the design, supply, construction, commissioning and handover of a deep foul sewer and pumping station and certain associated secondary sewer works.

Deep foul sewer - doesn't leave a lot to the imagination! But with several 100,000 spectators, officials, TV crews, journalists visiting every day, most of them will have to 'visit the rest room', and leave a little message for London. Just look at the scope of the project.

A deep foul sewer and pumping station with the following approximate dimensions:

- one 1.8km long, 1200mm diameter foul water tunnel

- 16 shafts of between 3m and 6m in diameter

- one foul water pumping station, including rising mains to handle a peak flow rate of 1050 l/s.

That's a whole lot a  s h 1 t   !

1050 litres per second - can you measure p**h in litres or kilo's - suppose it depends on your brand of curry and beer.

Why 1050 - where is the extra 50 coming from?

Someone has got to do it - and I'm sure someone will make a lot of money from this tender, including the consultant who came up with extra 50 l/s.

This tender can be found on which lists the current live Olympic tenders. All other tenders can be found on


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