Thursday, January 3, 2008
The worst job in the world?
OK. I thought I'd heard of all the bad jobs in the world, but this one just blows my tiny mind.
How would you like to be a sewage diver?
No, let me rephrase that.
A SEWAGE DIVER???!!!?!?!?
I had no idea.
A few quotes from the linked article, plus my responses:
"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."
And why would you want to feel anything in that lot???
"You can walk through the sewage but not really swim. We've had times when there were big islands we've had to remove when pumps have broken down. We've had to go in with big suction heads and suck 500 foot of solid poo out — lovely days!"
Yeah, just lovely. I'm so happy for you.
"It's full-encapsulation diving — which means you're fully dry inside the suit, it has sealed cuffs on it, and the suit connects onto the diver's helmet so nothing touches the skin. We don't come out smelling at all because there's no contact."
I'm sure your wife and children are absolutely delighted to hear that.
"The worst thing that can happen in a sewage dive is if you tear the suit and the suit floods."
No s***, Sherlock!!!
"Some sewage farms can only turn their machines off for us to work on them between 1am and 3am when the flow is down, otherwise everyone's poo starts coming back up their toilets and then they complain."
Now why would they be so unreasonable?
"People usually stand back a bit when they find out what we do — most of the time we can get a clear space at the bar."
I bet strong men clear a path for you!
"It doesn't really worry us, what we're diving in, but it would be nicer if people actually chewed their corn."
I am SO not going there.
EDITED TO ADD: Since posting this I found a National Geographic video on sewage diving in Mexico City. Different location, same mess. Eww!