Welsh Water targets sewer blockage hotspot for new campaign
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water has launched a major campaign in St Asaph to reduce sewer blockages and the risks of pollution and sewage flooding of homes. The company's Let's Stop the Block campaign aims to transform customers’ behaviours when it comes to putting things down the toilet and disposing of fat, oils and grease (FOG).
Blocked sewers are a very serious problem across Wales, costing Welsh Water £7M a year to clear. With 134 blockages reported to Welsh Water in the past two years alone, St Asaph has been identified as a particular blockage hotspot.
The campaign in St Asaph includes interactive lessons with Welsh Water's education team; fun community events; competitions; and advertising. The company will also visit homes and businesses across the city and provide useful hints and tips on how they can help stop the block.
Welsh Water’s head of wastewater networks, Andrew Harris, said: “Most of the blockages we deal with in St Asaph and across Wales are caused by everyday items such as cleaning wipes, sanitary towels and cotton buds being put down the toilet; as well as fat, oil and food scrapings being rinsed down sinks.
“A lot of people aren’t even aware that these items can cause sewer flooding and pollution in their homes and communities. It is actually illegal to throw or empty anything into our network that’s likely to damage a sewer or drain or to interfere with its free flow.
Mayor of St Asaph, Peter Scott, said: “St Asaph City council is really pleased to be working with Dŵr Cymru on this important campaign. Flooding from blocked sewers can have a devastating effect on our homes, our streets and the wider environment. We’re all looking forward to helping do our bit to stop the block and help reduce this risk of pollution in our city.”
Lia Moutselou, of CCWater Wales, said: “Pouring a bit of left over cooking oil down the sink or flushing items such as wet wipes down the loo might seem quick and convenient, but it could easily end up causing misery to residents and communities by blocking sewers."
- Anglian Water announces £444M spending plans Anglian Water has announced details of its planned £444M capital delivery investment planned for its current financial... Read More >
- Pollution events caused by WASCs on the rise The number of pollution events caused by water and sewerage companies (WASCs) in England have risen for the first time... Read More >
- NI Water fined £40,000 for river pollution at Crown Court Northern Ireland Water has been fined £40,000 after pleading guilty to polluting a river in County Londonderry following a... Read More >
- Ready for anything: Resilience in the Round Resilience is one of the four priorities that Ofwat wants to see water companies adopt in their plans for PR19. But what... Read More >
- Mind the step: manholes, steps and ladders Manhole steps, ladders and associated access systems perform a safety critical function. Here, Chris Cawte, managing... Read More >
- Deragger proves benefits in wide-ranging trial An innovative device which keeps sewage pumps free of rag has been shown in an independent trial to save energy as well as... Read More >
- Interview: Ofwat director Trevor Bishop Ofwat director Trevor Bishop explains why the regulator wants to ensure wastewater resilience becomes just as central to... Read More >
- International leaders to discuss the future for the UK wastewater sector Senior leaders from national and international wastewater companies, the UK government, Ofwat and other key organisations... Read More >