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Scottish Water campaigns to reduce sewer blockages


By SPP Reporter


Scottish Water spends £7 million a year clearing around 45,000 blockages from the sewer network.
Scottish Water spends £7 million a year clearing around 45,000 blockages from the sewer network.

HOUSEHOLDERS in Caithness are being asked to watch what they are pouring down the sink as Scottish Water aims to reduce sewer blockages in the far north.

A national awareness campaign has been launched to highlight the costly impact of what people put down their sinks and toilets, by promoting how to dispose of fats and bathroom waste.

Nationally, Scottish Water spends £7 million a year clearing around 45,000 blockages from the sewer network, and 80% are caused by household waste that should go in the bin.

Director of communications Chris Wallace said: “We are committed to reducing the impact of sewer blockages which can cause misery and flooding for our customers in Caithness.

“Sewer blockages have a major cost and labour impact on our business.

“Around 80% of sewer chokes are avoidable as they are caused by items such as wipes, nappies, sanitary items and foreign objects such as cotton buds.

“Fats, oils and grease also contribute in a large way towards these blockages.”

The message for customers is to bag it and bin it with sanitary items and, for fats, oils and grease, they should be left to cool and either placed in a suitable container and then put in the bin or, ideally, be recycled.



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