Campaign to keep sewers "fatberg" free

Campaign to keep sewers

Campaign to keep sewers "fatberg" free

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A CAMPAIGN is being launched in Basildon and Canvey to help stop flooding and sewer blockages in thousands of homes.

Anglian Water is writing to 30,000 homes in the two boroughs as part of its Keep It Clear campaign to educate residents on what can and can’t be flushed down the drain.

In Basildon and Canvey there were about 300 avoidable blockages in the sewage system last year caused by residents putting fats and unflushable items down their sinks and toilets.

Fats can solidify, blocking the pipes, often forming giant “fatbergs” which can be difficult to shift.

Even wipes marked “flushable”

or “biodegradable” block up the pipes and should be put in black bags.

The water company is urging people to take greater care over what they flush to enable the sewage and surface water system to operate at their optimum capacity.

Anglian Water spokeswoman Rachel Dyson said: “By not putting things like food, fats and wipes down our sinks and loos, we can all help avoid blocked pipes, and the sewer flooding, inconvenience pollution and bad smells that result.

“Clearing sewer blockages costs a huge amount of time and money, which could be better spent on improving the services we provide to customers.

“This campaign is about getting everyone to understand the responsibility we all share to keep the sewers flowing and protect ourselves and our neighbours from the misery and inconvenience of sewer flooding.”

For more information visit www.keep-it-clear.co.uk Customers are also reminded to call Anglian Water on 08457 145145 immediately if they think they have a problem with their drains.

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3:11pm Wed 2 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Simple solution, is to charge female residents double. They are the ones, blocking the drains, with their tampons, and their fats.
Simple solution, is to charge female residents double. They are the ones, blocking the drains, with their tampons, and their fats. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

3:25pm Wed 2 Apr 14

LinfordsLunchbox says...

Yeah because its normal folk that are tipping gallons of fat down drains isn't it, not kebab shops & other takeaways
Yeah because its normal folk that are tipping gallons of fat down drains isn't it, not kebab shops & other takeaways LinfordsLunchbox
  • Score: 5

3:44pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Vange Resident says...

We pay enough to the water companies for them to keep the pipes clear! Perhaps I should ask them to provide a solution to the hard water we get and the damage that does to our homes?
We pay enough to the water companies for them to keep the pipes clear! Perhaps I should ask them to provide a solution to the hard water we get and the damage that does to our homes? Vange Resident
  • Score: 4

3:45pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Simple solution, is to charge female residents double. They are the ones, blocking the drains, with their tampons, and their fats.
The usual drivel from you.

One day you'll come out with something actually on topic and astound us all.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Simple solution, is to charge female residents double. They are the ones, blocking the drains, with their tampons, and their fats.[/p][/quote]The usual drivel from you. One day you'll come out with something actually on topic and astound us all. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -8

3:46pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

LinfordsLunchbox wrote:
Yeah because its normal folk that are tipping gallons of fat down drains isn't it, not kebab shops & other takeaways
oooh be careful... can you feel that gale blowing...


it's all the race cards being waved.
[quote][p][bold]LinfordsLunchbox[/bold] wrote: Yeah because its normal folk that are tipping gallons of fat down drains isn't it, not kebab shops & other takeaways[/p][/quote]oooh be careful... can you feel that gale blowing... it's all the race cards being waved. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

3:54pm Wed 2 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Restaurants/Takeaway
s can add to the problem in a big way, take chinese/indians who constantly wash out pans/woks all that grease and oil goes down the drain and when it gets cold it solidify's and closes pipes up, then comes the wipes, rolls of bog roll(especially after having the 2 bob bits) and other stuff that can't squeeze through then backs up..and then you get the stinking problems, and its usually away from the buisness premises as the oil and fat takes a while to cool down and collect, usually at someone elses drain section then that unfortunate person gets lumbered, expense stuff to get rid off.
Restaurants/Takeaway s can add to the problem in a big way, take chinese/indians who constantly wash out pans/woks all that grease and oil goes down the drain and when it gets cold it solidify's and closes pipes up, then comes the wipes, rolls of bog roll(especially after having the 2 bob bits) and other stuff that can't squeeze through then backs up..and then you get the stinking problems, and its usually away from the buisness premises as the oil and fat takes a while to cool down and collect, usually at someone elses drain section then that unfortunate person gets lumbered, expense stuff to get rid off. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 5

4:59pm Wed 2 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
Simple solution, is to charge female residents double. They are the ones, blocking the drains, with their tampons, and their fats.
The usual drivel from you.

One day you'll come out with something actually on topic and astound us all.
That might have to be my wish to marry you...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Simple solution, is to charge female residents double. They are the ones, blocking the drains, with their tampons, and their fats.[/p][/quote]The usual drivel from you. One day you'll come out with something actually on topic and astound us all.[/p][/quote]That might have to be my wish to marry you... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 4

6:25pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

I pour any fat from the grill into old pickle jars and dispose of it in litter bins rather than empty it down the sink.
I pour any fat from the grill into old pickle jars and dispose of it in litter bins rather than empty it down the sink. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

7:14pm Wed 2 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
I pour any fat from the grill into old pickle jars and dispose of it in litter bins rather than empty it down the sink.
Me too.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: I pour any fat from the grill into old pickle jars and dispose of it in litter bins rather than empty it down the sink.[/p][/quote]Me too. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 1

7:37pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Mattster says...

Vange Resident wrote:
We pay enough to the water companies for them to keep the pipes clear! Perhaps I should ask them to provide a solution to the hard water we get and the damage that does to our homes?
You can't compare naturally occurring minerals in water with morons who think they can flush whatever they like down the toilet/sink and think the fairies magic it away.
[quote][p][bold]Vange Resident[/bold] wrote: We pay enough to the water companies for them to keep the pipes clear! Perhaps I should ask them to provide a solution to the hard water we get and the damage that does to our homes?[/p][/quote]You can't compare naturally occurring minerals in water with morons who think they can flush whatever they like down the toilet/sink and think the fairies magic it away. Mattster
  • Score: 1

7:42pm Wed 2 Apr 14

LinfordsLunchbox says...

If your food produces so much fat you need to find 'proper' ways to dispose of it, your diet/heart needs looking at
If your food produces so much fat you need to find 'proper' ways to dispose of it, your diet/heart needs looking at LinfordsLunchbox
  • Score: 1

7:52pm Wed 2 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

think fat clogged drains...think artery's.

Say NO to Fat.
think fat clogged drains...think artery's. Say NO to Fat. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

10:30am Thu 3 Apr 14

MilesBond says...

I used to know someone from DynoRod who was earning a fortune from unblocking drains he had himself filled with balls of fat!
I used to know someone from DynoRod who was earning a fortune from unblocking drains he had himself filled with balls of fat! MilesBond
  • Score: 0

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