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PostSubject: Expert urges London to embrace Thames Tunnel as the only solution   Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:49 pm

A US wastewater expert has urged London to embrace the Thames Tunnel as the only solution to end the scandal of millions of tonnes of untreated sewage that enters the Thames each year through the city's combined sewers. Members of the Thames Tunnel Now coalition, an expanding collective of environmental and amenity groups committed to cleaning up London's river, have called upon opponents of the project to acknowledge that green infrastructure cannot be an alternative to the Thames Tunnel, but an important addition. This was the message from America following a presentation this week to water industry experts by Virgil Adderley, CSO programme manager for the city of Portland in Oregon.

Mr Adderley explained how Portland had initially sought to solve the pollution of the Willamette River system from Oregon's 50 plus Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) by introducing a comprehensive system of Sustainable Urban Drainage (SuDs) without resorting to building a separate tunnel to capture the discharges. After more than 20 years of work and studies, the city of Portland concluded that while green drainage had an important role to play in less built up areas, it was no substitute for a tunnel.

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