Scottish Water has launched its largest-ever awareness campaign to highlight the costly impact of what we put down our sinks and toilet.
Three Towns residents are being asked to do their bit to reduce sewer blockages – with the advice being to “bag it and bin” for sanitary items, and for fats, oils and grease to be left to cool then either placed in a suitable container, like an empty milk carton, and then put in the bin or recycled, if possible.
Nationally, Scottish Water spends £7million a year clearing around 45,000 blockages from the sewer network - 80% are caused by household waste that should go in the bin.
Chris Wallace, Director of Communications with Scottish Water, said, “We are committed to reducing the impact of sewer blockages, which can cause misery and flooding for our customers in the Three Towns.
“Sewer blockages have a major cost and labour impact on our business. Around 80-percent 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.
“For the first time, we will be speaking to customers in every home in Scotland through a national advertising campaign on TV, with the aim of reducing the call-outs our team have to perform to clear choked sewers and drains.
“Reducing blockages would not only protect customers from the extremely unpleasant internal flooding or environmental pollution that can result from a choked sewer – it would also help Scottish Water continue to keep average customer charges the lowest in Great Britain and free up funds for investment.”