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20% still put FOG from cooking down drains - study

One in five consumers still put leftover fat, oil and grease (FOG) from cooking down the kitchen sink or drain, according to a new study for the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater).

The research, which saw Populus interview more than 1,000 consumers for CCWater, found people aged from 18 to 34 are the most likely to have put fatty substances down the plughole, risking clogged-up sewer pipes and drains.

The number of homes flooded with sewage fell by a third last year to 3,560, but the water industry still spends an estimated £100 million a year clearing blocked sewers.

Steve Grebby, wastewater policy manager, said: “It might be tempting to put greasy leftovers down the kitchen sink but it really isn’t worth the risk of ruining your Christmas.

“It’s much safer to let fat or grease cool in a container before scraping it straight into the bin. It might cost you a little more time but it could save you a lot of heartache and money.”

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Sewer Networks
Tags: CCWater , Fats Oils and Grease , sewers , wastewater


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