We're working hard to fight fatbergs, prevent blockages and help people understand what can and can't go down the drain.
Things such as cooking fat, oil, food waste, wet wipes and make-up pads all mix together in the sewers to create blockages – we call them fatbergs.
These fatbergs can grow so large that the sewers become completely blocked. Once this happens the consequences can be devastating, as raw sewage is forced back up into people’s homes.
The statistics are pretty scary too. Every year around 8,000 customers are affected by sewer flooding caused by people putting the wrong things down the drain. On the plus side, we manage to clear around 85,000 blockages a year to stop more floods from happening.
So what can you do to help? This is what we recommend – in the bathroom, only flush pee, poo and toilet paper down the loo. Everything else should go in the bin.
In the kitchen, use something like an old jam jar, yoghurt pot or margarine tub to collect cooled cooking fat and oil. Simply fill the container then empty it into your food waste or rubbish bin. Please check with your local council to find out the best way to dispose of it in your area.