It was great to meet with Severn Trent to discuss their operations in Walsall North and hear about some of the challenges they face.
I saw first-hand one of the major difficulties they face – blockages. In Walsall North alone last year, they cleared over 400 blockages at a cost of £10 million regionally. Over 75% of these blockages are caused by the wrong things being flushed or poured down the sink – from wet wipes to fats, grease, and oils.
We can reduce the likelihood of blockages occurring by following some of the simple steps below
Only flush the ‘Three Ps’ down the toilet – pee, poo, and (toilet) paper
Use a bin for other things – wipes, sanitary products, and cotton buds
Scrape and wipe pans and plates before washing up to get rid of grease
Collect cooking oils in a container and throw it in the bin
Use a strainer in the kitchen sink