What not to flush down loos

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page -

More than 8,000 block­ages caused by “un­flush­able” items in­clud­ing fat and wet wipes have had to be cleared from Kent’s sewer sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to wa­ter chiefs.

South­ern Wa­ter has had to deal with 8,375 ob­struc­tions in the past year caused by a stag­ger­ing 2,652 tonnes of waste.

A re­port by Wa­ter UK, which rep­re­sents wa­ter and waste­water ser­vice providers, re­veals sew­ers are of­ten backed up by nap­pies, wipes and san­i­tary items.

It has led to the launch of a cam­paign call­ing on res­i­dents to only flush the “Three Ps - pee, poo and pa­per”.

As part of the project, which is sup­ported by the Con­sumer Coun­cil for Wa­ter, a video has been re­leased. It fea­tures char­ac­ters in­clud­ing Tim the toi­let, Steve the pink teddy and Sharon the ‘wash-o-matic’ en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to stop ditch­ing their un­flush­able items into the sewer.

The short film also fea­tures the real sto­ries of peo­ple who have had sewage back up into their homes.

South­ern Wa­ter’s waste­water man­ager, Tim Bag­nall, said: “The cam­paign helps peo­ple un­der­stand how to prop­erly dis­pose of fat, oil, grease and un­flush­able items like wipes, tam­pons, nap­pies and con­doms.

“It also aims to high­light the im­pact a sewage flood in peo­ple’s homes can have – and pro­vide some ad­vice on how peo­ple can stop it hap­pen­ing to them.

“Wash­ing up liq­uid and hot wa­ter does not com­pletely wash cook­ing fat from your pipes, and the only things you should flush are the Three Ps – pee, poo and pa­per.”

Ma­te­rial plucked from some of the block­ages by South­ern Wa­ter

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