South West Water launches Think Sink campaign
South West Water is launching a 'Think Sink' campaign for businesses to remind food service establishments of their responsibilities regarding the proper disposal of fat, oil, grease (FOG) and food waste.
Parts of North Devon, Exmouth, Plymouth and Truro have a history of sewer blockages and flooding. When disposed of via the sink, FOG and food waste can build up in pipes. This causes blockages and flooding, as well as attracting vermin such as rats.
Every year, tens of thousands of litres of waste fat, cooking oil and grease are poured down sinks by people who do not realise the problems this could cause.
In extreme cases, fat and oil can combine with other material to create fatbergs, as seen in Sidmouth when earlier this year workers spent eight weeks braving exceptionally challenging conditions to break up 64 metres of congealed fat, oil and wet wipes.
South West Water’s director of wastewater, Andrew Roantree, said: “Every year we deal with around 8,500 blocked sewers across our region, which costs about £4.5 million. This has an impact on bills, which we’re trying to keep as low as possible. Overall, we spend £35 million a year to maintain and upgrade the sewerage network.
“We’re doing our bit – and we’re seeking to enlist the help of businesses in the communities we serve. Our award-winning Love Your Loo and Think Sink campaigns have been encouraging household customers to play their part for several years.
“Over the next couple of months, specially trained South West Water advisors will be visiting hotels, restaurants, cafes and other food service establishments to provide advice on correct waste disposal and the simple changes they can make to help ‘stop the block’ in Devon and Cornwall.”
- Storage tank scheme delivers cleaner beaches in South East Cornwall South West Water has completed a £4.9M scheme to improve bathing water quality at Seaton and East Looe in Cornwall, in... Read More >
- Southern Water and EA investigate Swalecliff Brook pollution Southern Water has confirmed that its sewers and assets are not the cause of pollution at Swalecliff Brook in Kent, where... Read More >
- Bluewater Bio wins South West Water contract for Newquay STW South West Water will install Bluewater Bio's HYBACS enhanced activated sludge process to upgrade its Newquay sewage... Read More >
- Developing ideas: Thames Water's innovative sewer plan Thames Water is radically re-engineering an Oxfordshire market town's sewer network to help developers prepare for... Read More >
- Brexit, WWII, ancient artefacts: Southern Water's testing sewer project Southern Water's £2.5 million project to replace an 800m stretch of sewer main in Kent was complicated by - among other... Read More >
- Tyre microplastics pollution: Ignore it or remove it? Tyre microplastics is one of the largest sources of pervasive pollution in the water environment, yet consistently ignored... Read More >
- A data-led approach to clearing FOG Water utilities have a major challenge working with local food businesses to prevent fats, oils and grease entering the... Read More >
- Meeting the SuDS challenge A report indicates that the UK has a long way to go on implementing sustainable drainage systems, yet advice and... Read More >