A look at the art of the Cover

Sewer image tweeted to #drainspotting by Matt Timberlake

There are lots of things in our world that we tend to take for granted – cell phones, electricity, even plumbing and the very sewers below our streets. An important development that helped usher in sanitation and health to civilization, plumbing is often overlooked. RIONED notices something else often overlooked - even as we walk down city streets: the ubiquitous sewer cover! These circular pieces of art are everywhere, and wouldn’t you know it, there is a dedicated community of sewer cover art lovers, who record and share sewer covers images on twitter – at #drainspotting! With literally hundreds of sizes and styles of sewer covers and thousands of municipalities and systems, it is a wide-ranging pursuit!

Sewer image tweeted to #drainspotting by Tata and Howard Inc.

Sewer image tweeted to #drainspotting by Tata and Howard Inc.

Usually RIONED clients are thinking about clogs lurking in the sewers, from monster roots to tennis balls! But sewer covers are actually an important civic artifact, part of the urban scene that distinguishes community pride, popular images and important events.

A sewer cover tweeted to #drainspotting by Pipe Tec USA with a short history lesson: a dollar a day to dig sewers in the 1920’s and 1930’s

A sewer cover tweeted to #drainspotting by Pipe Tec USA with a short history lesson: a dollar a day to dig sewers in the 1920’s and 1930’s

And by the way, why are most sewer covers round? There are good reasons; they’re easier to put back on, easier to manufacture – but chiefly so they won't accidentally fall into the sewer hole. You can't shove a round cover into its round hole, it just won't go. A square or rectangular cover could be slipped in, presenting a serious hazard. And there are some beautiful examples of the non-round variety, like this beautiful sewer cover from Pisa, Italy, tweeted to #drainspotting by Laura Tegethoff.

Sewer cover from Pisa, Italy, tweeted to #drainspotting by Laura Tegethoff.

RIONED also makes its own practical and artistic statements you know. Our equipment comes in all shapes and sizes for all jobs, the hardest working drain and sewer detection and clearing equipment out there! Design and functionality that represents the art of the industry!