Severn Trent warning to watch what you flush

Severn Trent issues warning to residents to watch what they flush after the company revealed it is costing  £10 Million A year

Severn Trent today named and shamed the worst towns in the Midlands for clogging up sewers.
Normanton in Derbyshire topped the list, along with Burton on Trent, Rossington, and Cole Valley in Birmingham. On the other end of the scale, some of Severn Trent’s most conscientious sewer users are in Edgbaston and Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, Millthorpe, near Dronfield, Streetley in Staffordshire, parts of Nuneaton and Leicester.
Drew Kirby, strategy manager for Severn Trent’s sewerage infrastructure, said: “It’s easy to think ‘out of sight, out of mind’ when we put items down the loo that would be better off in the bin. But for sewer workers on the receiving end of rubbish it’s a constant battle.”
Severn Trent spends over £10 million each year regularly cleaning over 700 kilometres of sewers which are prone to clogging up and clearing nearly 22,000 sewer blockages, a cost which is passed on to customers.
Two out of every five sewer blockages in the Midlands are caused by sanitary products and another fifth are caused by fat, oil and grease. Some of the other worst offenders are items such as cleansing wipes, cotton buds and nappies.
Drew continued: “A blocked sewer is, of course, inconvenient for our customers but if it leads to sewer flooding it can be extremely unpleasant and stressful. When blockages and sewer flooding are caused by misuse of sewers and drains, they can be completely avoided.
“The drains that take waste water away from your home are only a few centimeters wide and are only meant to take water, loo roll and human waste. Remember toilet roll is meant to break down when it gets wet so it washes easily through the system. That’s not the case with things like sanitary products or cleansing wipes which can get stuck in smaller drains.
“Furthermore, it’s easy to assume that the warm grease left in a pan after frying bacon, or preparing your Sunday roast would be ok to dump down the sink – that if you wash it down with hot soapy water it’ll be fine. But the reality is that eventually the fat and grease will cool and solidify, over time building up and blocking the drain or sewer. Better to wipe it out with a bit of kitchen roll & put it in the bin, or pour it into one of the free fat traps that Severn Trent provides to its customers.
“Anything that gets stuck in the drain running from your home until it connects to Severn Trent’s sewer is the homeowner’s responsibility to repair and maintain, and unblocking, repairing, or replacing the waste pipe that runs from your home can be costly.”
To order a free fat trap, or find out more about who holds responsibility for which bit of sewer,
Looking to help fight grime in your area? Remember to keep these items out of your loos and drains:

• Sanitary products
• Fat, oil, and grease
-including butter, ghee, or frying oils
• Cleansing wipes, baby wipes & facial wipes
• Cotton buds & cotton wool
• Tissues
• Nappies
• Kitchen roll
• Condoms
• Razors or needles
• Medicine
• Car oil, paint thinner or other chemicals
• Bandages and plasters
• Dental floss
• Knickers & tights
• Incontinence pads

an article published in the Bromsgrove Standard Claimed that boiled eggs and mobile phones were also amongst the items being flushed.

The article can be found here