Gallery of Gross




Our Blockage Busters deal with some of the nastiest stuff you could imagine. This Gallery is a little taste of what they face each day. We’ll be updating it with images of blowbacks, fatbergs, wet wipes, hairballs and blockages that defy imagination.


Weak stomachs be warned...


Welcome to our Gallery of Gross!





Fyshwick Sewer Pump Station

We use pump stations to help move sewerage through the system when gravity just isn’t enough. The Fyshwick Sewer Pump Station collects waste from the surrounding suburbs and shifts it towards our Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre

Wet wipes are a real issue for this pump station. They can form big clumps that fill the well and must be removed by hand. That’s why you should always bin wet wipes, rather than flushing them down the toilet!  


Commonwealth Avenue Pump Station

Did you know there’s a place in Canberra where we send sewerage over a bridge? The Commonwealth Avenue Pump Station helps us move wastewater across the lake without having to use underwater pipelines.  

This station often catches wet wipes and other rubbish. Our Blockage Busters then have to get inside and pull it all out. Check it out for yourself in the gallery below! 


The Vortex

When it comes to moving wastewater, we usually let gravity do all the work. Sometimes, however, we need the sewage to reach a lower elevation quite quickly - this is where a vortex comes in. They work just like the drain in your bathtub. Wastewater is made to swirl around the edges of a silo so that we can control how quickly the sewage drops. 

The West MacGregor Vortex, with its 20-metre drop, is one of our largest. Check it out below!


Acton Syphon

The Acton Syphon helps filter some of our waste on the way to the Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre. It houses a large screen that catches things like wet wipes. The syphon helps to stop bigger blockages occurring further down the pipeline. 

Our Blockage Busters can only get inside the syphon during low traffic periods – like when everyone's asleep! As a result, our Blockage Busters often get to work before the sun comes up.