30,000 sewer blockages a year caused by strange items such as prosthetic limbs (From Essex County Standard)
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30,000 sewer blockages a year caused by strange items such as prosthetic limbs
7:40pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
UP to 30,000 sewer blockages are caused every year across the region by strange items, such as prosthetic limbs, mobile phones and even a live terrapin.
The needless concrete-like blockages are costing Anglian Water customers £7million a year to deal with.
It also says about 20,000 tonnes of fats, oils and grease are in the sewer network at any one time, most of which comes from residents washing just a small amount down drains.
Other items found to cause blockages are false teeth, dirty nappies, and bits of awning.
Anthony Innes, Anglian Water spokesman said: “We all have a role to play in looking after our sewers and drains.
“By not putting left over fats, oils and grease down the sink and putting unflushable items like wipes, sanitary products and nappies in the bin, we can help avoid nasty blockages and possible sewer flooding.
“The sewers are designed to take all of our homes’ used water from toilets, showers and sinks as well as toilet paper, which breaks up easily, and nothing else.”
He added: “It is actually a very big problem for us and can have negative impacts on customers or the environment if blockages are caused.”
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