Don't be a Blocker!
Don't be a Blocker!
Lurking deep beneath our feet, in sewerage systems across Lancashire, Yorkshire and all over the country, monsters are growing! These monsters are made by humans. They’re huge, solid and foul smelling. They are fatbergs.
A fatberg is formed from a congealed mass of fats, grease, oil, wet wipes, sanitary products, and other items that shouldn’t have been poured down the sink or flushed down the loo.
Photo copyright United Utilities. This fatberg in Liverpool weighed 90 tonnes (the weight of approximately 13 African elephants!).
How do fatbergs affect you?
Fatbergs block our sewerage system which can wreak havoc in homes and businesses. These blockages stop sewage passing through the pipe - eventually forcing the wretched smelly gunk back up to escape wherever it can onto roads, gardens and homes.
Unblocking sinks and toilets costs Together Housing over £300,000 a year! This is money that could have been spent on improving services for tenants and building new homes. While we’re talking about money, be aware Together Housing might charge tenants for unblocking sinks and toilets that they have blocked by using them to dispose of the wrong waste.
How can you help?
We can all do our bit to get rid of these gruesome monsters, it’s so easy to banish the fatberg! Simply spread the word to only flush the 3Ps – pee, paper and poo down the toilet, and not pouring fats, oil and grease down the drain.
Bin it don’t pour it
Pouring fats, oil and grease (FOG) down the drain can cause blockages and sewer flooding to your home. Blockages can also cause untreated sewage to run into gardens and streets and even end up in rivers, the sea and on beaches. This can be avoided if FOG is disposed of correctly.
Allow oils and fats to cool after cooking and scrape them in to the bin. Never pour them down the sink as even small amounts can cause problems.
Bin it don’t flush it
Wet wipes and nappies don't just disappear down the u-bend and dissolve - they clump together and cause havoc in the sewers. Many of these items end up in our rivers and on our beaches, harming nature and the environment.
Put a bin in the bathroom so nobody's tempted to flush and bear in mind the Three Ps Rule: pee, poo and (toilet) paper, only.
Check out the blockages facts online:
Information kindly provided by United Utilities.