Sewer blocked with fat and baby wipes

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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.”

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