Sewer block causes a stink on High Street

The Oban Times - - News -

SCOT­TISH Wa­ter is ask­ing peo­ple to pay more at­ten­tion when dis­pos­ing of fat and grease af­ter a sewer block­age caused an un­sightly scene in Fort Wil­liam last week.

A choked sewer was re­ported just af­ter 9am on Tues­day morn­ing, April 4, on the High Street in Fort Wil­liam, caus­ing raw sewage to ‘erupt’ through the drain and paving stones.

A com­pany spokesper­son said Scot­tish Wa­ter staff were on site at 10.30am.

He added: ‘They found the sewer choked with fat and grease, re­sult­ing in lo­calised flood­ing.

‘The choke was un­blocked by the team and a full clean up car­ried out.

‘We would like to take the op­por­tu­nity to high­light our ‘Keep the cy­cle run­ning’ cam­paign which of­fers ad­vice on how best to dis­pose of fats and grease. Fat, oil and grease in liq­uid form may not ap­pear to be harm­ful, but as they cool they con­geal, har­den and stick to the inside of drains and sew­ers, which can cause block­ages and flood­ing to oc­cur. They should be left to cool, scraped into a seal­able con­tainer and ei­ther re­cy­cled or put in the bin. There’s more in­for­ma­tion on the cam­paign on the Scot­tish Wa­ter web­site and Face­book page.’

Pho­to­graph Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Scot­tish Wa­ter staff work to clear the blocked sewer.

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