Severn Trent says dead fish in Telford sewers are not piranhas
Freshwater tilapia - not piranhas as was previously thought – are probably the reason for a blocked sewer in Telford, Severn Trent has confirmed.
Severn Trent Water said they had been called to the Madeley area of Telford in March following complaints from residents of a fishy smell coming from their drains. Residents had believed that someone locally had been disposing of dead fish, including piranhas, down a toilet.
But experts say that the fish is more likely to be a freshwater tilapia.
The water firm said it carried out a CCTV survey of the sewers and identified a blockage, which turned out to be the fish.
Matt Final and Jay Slater, who went to investigate the sewers for Severn Trent, said: “You wouldn’t think a fish of this size would fit down a toilet, but this is just one example of amazing things we find blocking the sewers.”
It is the second time this year that the firm has needed to investigate a sewer blockage in Shropshire which was caused by strange items.
In January, sewers in Ditton Priors, near Bridgnorth, were blocked by piles of pants that had been flushed down a toilet.
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