Sewer Diving: The Most Disgusting Job on Earth

se4werdiver1Photo: pro-dive.net

We all balk at the thought of being dropped into water containing raw sewage, because the mere idea of it disgusts us. How could anybody be expected to freely enter such a world of filth and contamination? This is a job that simply has to be done, sometimes, and a few brave souls are willing to do it.

sewerdiver7Photo: Mary Jordan

Most people would shun it, but Brendan Walsh likes his job as a professional diver – after all, he’s been one for over 25 years. He tells it like it is when it comes to sewer diving. To quote his words:

“I’ve done about 1000 hours of sewage diving. Working in a pit of sewage is very difficult; you can’t see anything for a start, so everything’s done by feel. You have to be quite mechanical to work out what’s wrong, and how to fix it, and you also have to be able to relay your thoughts in a clear manner so the support guys on the surface can think about the same problem. We have full two-way communications, so the divers can talk through the job”.

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