Sewer blocked with fat and baby wipes
fAt, baby wipes and general rubbish blocked a burpham sewer for 32 days, Thames water has revealed.
The company is reinforcing its campaign message “bin it - don’t block it!” after the disruption – just last month it highlighted that Chertsey is the “blocked bog” capital of Surrey.
The sewer, in bowers Lane in Guildford , was cleared on wednesday August 30 after first being reported blocked on July 30. Thames water said there was a lot of investigative and planning work to do ahead of starting to clear the blockage, as the sewer is under a narrow road where access was difficult.
In the interim tankers were used to pump the sewage out of the blocked pipe to protect homes and the environment from being flooded with sewage.
A Thames water spokeswoman said: “we’re sorry for the time taken to resolve this issue, but it was important we used the right equipment to safely remove the blockage from the sewer without causing additional damage to the pipe and the surrounding area.
“The blockage was formed of a number of items and substances which should never have been put down drains such as wipes, sanitary products, fat and general rubbish. we urge people in the area to not flush such things down their sinks and drains in future to avoid further blockages, which as this recent incident has demonstrated, can be very disruptive.
“our message is clear. bin it – don’t block it.”